Braun Derby | A Brown Derby with a German Twist

Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart

Right now, in my house, Adele is everything.

Her new song is playing on repeat. Before it hit the radio Sheila would blast the YouTube video from her phone. I’d receive snapchats of Adele belting out the hook. It was everywhere all the time. We went to a Halloween party and demanded it be played –  though in our defense it was better than the Spooky Scary Skeleton remixes. Since we’re post Halloween it’s officially November and as I write this we are TWO WEEKS from our wedding! Where has the time gone? My original plans were to post this recipe in October as it’s a German twist on a Brown Derby and Germans & October go together like Sheila & Adele. But like many of my plans recently they have been trumped by all things wedding. As overly ambitious individuals we gave ourselves just under 4 months to plan our wedding. This also coincided with our busy fall wedding season (Sheila owns her own floral design company, Ipomea Floral) so we’ve been hustling to make sure all of the details are taken care of. THANK GOD I have such an organized, hard-working fiance. She is the only reason such a short engagement is possible.


I recently came across a brown derby recipe and decided that I had to try it as I love bourbon and grapefruit. One of my favorite palomas swaps Stiegl Radler for grapefruit juice so I thought why not with the brown derby? I Germanized the recipe a bit more by including the German honey liqueur Barenjager and the Braun Derby was born. The drink is quite strong but really isn’t that the point? I tried serving it in both a highball and an old-fashioned glass and found that the Stiegl out shined the other ingredients in the highball. If you love love love Stiegl then try it in a highball and let me know what you think! Of course this cocktail pairs nicely with Hello.



Braun Derby

1.5 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Honey liqueur (Barenjager)

1 Can Stiegl Radler

Stir together bourbon and honey liqueur in a tumbler with ice until cold. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice. Top with stiegl and give a stir. Finish with a grapefruit twist.