Derby

Description
Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Curaçao, Lime juice, Lime, Mint
Ingredients
1ozBourbon
12ozSweet vermouth
12ozCuraçao
34ozLime juice
1lfMint (as garnish)
1wdgLime (as garnish)
Instructions
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
Notes
This is Ted Haigh's preferred version. Another version omits the Curaçao and reduces the lime to 1/2 oz.
Cocktail summary
Yield
Drink
Year1949
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
ReferenceTed Haigh, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, p110
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Dan on 06/06/2010

Comments

I think this one comes out pretty good, but I would cut back a little on the lime juice, or add a dash or two of simple syrup.

This is one of my favorite drinks out of Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. The Haigh recipe calls for an extra quarter ounce of lime juice and 1/2 ounce of curacao. I didn't have that good of a curacao on hand when I made it, but it still came out decent. Floating a mint leaf on top was key.

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There are several versions of this cocktail. I have updated it to reflect the preference of Ted Haigh, and added a source reference to his excellent book.

Just made this with Carpano Antica. Excellent.

From other users

A bit too tart. Reduce the lime to 1/2 oz and serve with a sugar rim. (3 stars)
Overly sour, didn't quite work for me. (2 stars)
0.5 oz lime and Punt E Mes seems to be the way to go. (4 stars)
Used Punt e Mes. Reduce lime to 1/2 oz. (4 stars)

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