Sage Brown Derby (Whiskey and Grapefruit Cocktail)

Sage Brown Derby (Whiskey and Grapefruit Cocktail) - A refreshing and boozy winter drink that is perfect for daily enjoyment or a gathering.A refreshing and boozy winter drink that is perfect for daily enjoyment or a gathering.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll notice that I don’t post many drink recipes. Part of the reason is that I’m a wine lover. We always keep a dozen bottles at home, usually a mix of red, white, and sparkling, and we drink it almost on a daily basis. The other reason is that I’m really lazy when it comes to making drinks. When I need something refreshing, I’ll just grab a beer. It serves its purpose and I can save five minutes of mixing and washing.

On the other hand, I do enjoy a good cocktail, when someone else makes it for me. By the way, did I tell you that Thomas used to be a part-time bartender back in college?

We came across this grapefruit drink during Thanksgiving. As a family tradition, we got a giant bottle of Wild Turkey and everyone was drinking it. I’m not too big on straight whiskey and always prefer a cocktail (my personal favorite is an old fashioned). That day, my friend Laura made this Sage Brown Derby for me, with grapefruit, lime, and sage. It was so refreshing and delicious! So, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you guys (the recipe is originally from Bon Appetit).

Sage Brown Derby (Whiskey and Grapefruit Cocktail) - A refreshing and boozy winter drink that is perfect for daily enjoyment or a gathering.

When we made this drink during the holidays, we didn’t have agave syrup on hand. Plus, we made it pretty casually and did not measure at all. All we did is squeeze out the juice of half of a grapefruit (Texas ruby red, of course!), pour in a bit of whiskey, add freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar syrup (confectioner’s sugar plus water), and top with a sage leaf. I’d say the recipe is very forgiving. Even with our limited ingredients, the drink still turned out very tasty.

Grapefruit reach their peak during the holiday season. Next time you’re out grocery shopping, don’t forget to grab a bag of them and serve this as your after-dinner drink!

Sage Brown Derby (Whiskey and Grapefruit Cocktail) - A refreshing and boozy winter drink that is perfect for daily enjoyment or a gathering.

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Sage Brown Derby (Whiskey and Grapefruit Cocktail)
 
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The recipe is from Sage Brown Derby from Bon Appetit.
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) whiskey (I used Maker’s Mark)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) red or pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce (1/2 tablespoon) agave syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 fresh sage leaf
Instructions
  1. Combine everything except sage leaf in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until the outside is frosty, about 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass.
  2. Rub and slap the sage leaf with your palms until it releases its fragrance. Place on top of the cocktail.

 

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Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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