Derby (Trader Vic sour style) Recipe

Derby (Trader Vic sour style)

Ted Haigh, in VINTAGE SPIRITS AND FORGOTTEN COCKTAILS, says there were three Derby recipes in the 1947 BARTENDER’S GUIDE BY TRADER VIC. The version he chooses as his favorite starts with the Manhattan’s bourbon and sweet vermouth, but is sweetened and fruity–sort of a Manhattan Goes To The Tropics:


2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Orange Curaçao or triple sec
.5 oz Sweet vermouth
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Orange or lemon twist and brandied cherry

Preparation: How to make a Derby (Trader Vic sour style)

  • Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime and/or mint. (Haigh’s illustration shows the Derby with mint, and with a great lime wedge sticking up in the air, tiki style, very amusing.)
Derby (Trader Vic sour style)