Derek Brown is a cocktail and spirits writer, spirits judge and owner of acclaimed bars Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the twice James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room. He travels the world learning and teaching about how drinking is an integral part of our culture and values.
While he’s made drinks at the White House, been featured in the Wall Street Journal, drank with Martha Stewart, was recently named Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year, and was nominated for a James Beard Award among his many accolades, Derek will tell you that his simple greatest pleasure is introducing others to that great Manzanilla Pasada he had eating seafood ocean-side in San Lúcar de Barrameda, or the small production XO Cognac he drank while taking a barge down the Charente with friends.
You can read his articles in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Entrepreneur magazine, among many other publications; visit his bars in Washington, D.C. or just join him in his quest for better drinking by enjoying his favorite dram, a good whiskey.
“I love the Singapore Sling. It’s a delicious cocktail and works well with the Cherry Heering”
Garnish: Orange slice & cherry flag
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
• 1 oz Dark rum
• ½ oz Rye whiskey
• ¼ oz Cherry Heering
• ¾ oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
• ½ oz Simple syrup (2:1)
• 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters