Maple Brown Derby
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Maple Brown Derby
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4.6 / 5
The Maple Brown Derby is a twist on the classic Brown Derby cocktail, which is traditionally made with bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup. In this variation, maple syrup is ... more The Maple Brown Derby is a twist on the classic Brown Derby cocktail, which is traditionally made with bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup. In this variation, maple syrup is used to add a rich, autumnal sweetness that complements the tartness of the fresh grapefruit juice. The addition of bourbon provides a smooth and warming essence, with its notes of caramel and vanilla, while a dash of Angostura bitters lends a subtle spice and depth to the drink. This cocktail is typically served in a cocktail glass and is favored for its balance of sweet and sour with an underlying warmth, making it especially enjoyable in cooler months or as an evening drink.
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Lemon
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7.27% | 1.2 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Maple Brown Derby is an autumnal treat, featuring a serendipitous mix of tart grapefruit juice and sweet maple syrup, with bourbon adding a smoky backbone. Its balance of sweet and sour notes makes it a refined choice for a crisp evening.

Method
How to make a Maple Brown Derby

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well
Straining into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon slice and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the maple syrup with honey in the Maple Brown Derby?

Yes, you can substitute the maple syrup with honey in the Maple Brown Derby. However, because honey can have a different consistency and sweetness level, you may need to adjust the quantity according to your taste preference. Start with a slightly lesser amount and add more as needed.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Maple Brown Derby?

The Maple Brown Derby is best served cold in a cocktail glass. To enhance the experience, you can chill the glass beforehand by placing it in the freezer or filling it with ice water for a few minutes before serving. This ensures that the cocktail stays cold longer.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Should the Maple Brown Derby be shaken or stirred when preparing?

The Maple Brown Derby should be shaken. Shaking helps to thoroughly mix the ingredients, especially the maple syrup, which can be viscous. This preparation method also chills the drink and adds a slight dilution, which balances the flavors.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

Which occasions are best suited for serving the Maple Brown Derby?

The Maple Brown Derby, with its unique blend of grapefruit juice, bourbon, and the sweetness of maple syrup, makes it a great choice for autumn gatherings, cocktail parties, or as a refreshing after-dinner drink on cooler evenings. Its rich flavor profile also makes it suitable for festive holidays.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Maple Brown Derby compare to other classic cocktails?

The Maple Brown Derby has an alcohol content of 7.27%, which positions it on the lower end of the spectrum compared to many classic cocktails. For instance, a classic Martini or Manhattan usually has an alcohol content around 30-40%. This makes the Maple Brown Derby a lighter option, suitable for those who prefer a cocktail that isn’t overly strong.

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