De Rigueur

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Cocktail History

The De Rigueur is a Scotch cocktail that was created by Harry Craddock and included in his 1930 recipe book The Savoy Cocktail Book. It is one of two similar classic recipes, the first being this French-inspired drink made with Scotch, grapefruit, and honey and the second an American drink called the Brown Derby made with bourbon, grapefruit, and honey.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Scotch: This is the base spirit. We chose to use The Famous Grouse because it’s a great mixing Scotch with a bit of smoky flavor but still plenty of sweetness.

Grapefruit Juice: This adds tangy citrus flavors. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener made with honey and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s simple recipe.

Grapefruit Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh grapefruit aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The De Rigueur features a distinct Scotch aroma and a surprisingly bitter taste that starts with the citrus and finishes with the whisky, while the honey balances out the two.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We probably wouldn’t whip this one up again because Kendall doesn’t love Scotch, and Alex likes other whisky-based cocktails made with honey more. We can see why its name means “something you just have to have” though. The bitterness might just keep you coming back for another sip.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$47.00

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Scotch
 ¾ oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
 1 Grapefruit Wedge

Method
1

Add Scotch, pink grapefruit juice, honey syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Scotch
 ¾ oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
 1 Grapefruit Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add Scotch, pink grapefruit juice, honey syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

De Rigueur

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More Scotch Cocktails

If you like this Scotch-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Penicillin: A Scotch cocktail made with lemon juice, honey syrup, ginger syrup, and candied ginger

 Flannel Shirt: A Scotch cocktail made with apple cider, Amaro Averna, lemon juice, simple syrup, allspice dram, Angostura aromatic bitters, and an orange peel

 Flying Scotsman: A Scotch cocktail made with sweet vermouth, simple syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, orange zest, and an orange twist

 Saigon Lady: A Scotch and brandy cocktail made with grenadine, lemon juice, egg white, and ground cinnamon

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