There’s never since stood an iconic restaurant in Los Angeles and Hollywood during its golden era called the Brown Derby. Once owned by Herbert Somborn and Bob Cobb and one location being shaped like a man’s derby hat with three locations and famous patrons such as William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Betty Davis etc. Several scenes in movies and Television shows were filmed at the Derby and of course the famous I love Lucy episode with Lucy and Bill Holden, where she ends up causing a pie to be thrown in his face (see the full episode below).
The Brown Derby is famous for its Cobb Salad along with the Brown Derby Cocktail. Unfortunately, like so many places in Los Angeles, the building has been knocked down, but the salad and the cocktail live on. It’s easy to make, and you’re friends and family will enjoy it!
The Brown Derby Cocktail
2 oz of Bourbon or Rye (Rittenhouse Rye)
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz honey syrup (1 part honey dissolved in 1 part warm water)
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled 4 -5 oz. cocktail glass.