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Deckside Derby: A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Deckside Derby whiskey cocktail

Bright, bold, and aromatic.

Honey and allspice lend aromatics and depth to this rye whiskey cocktail created by Nobian Henan for Julep Cocktail Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Inspired by the Brown Derby, the cocktail uses tropical elements to complement the rye. “Rye is my go-to spirit when developing tropical cocktails because it holds up beautifully next to citrus juices and spices,” Henan explains.


  • 1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup (1:1)
  • 1/4 oz. allspice liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:grapefruit slice, fresh mint


Shake all of the ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass filled with pebble-size crushed ice, and garnish.

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