De Rigueur

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History

If you’ve never heard of this peachy French cocktail, you might recognize the American version. Invented in the 1930s, the De Rigueur is the same recipe as the Brown Derby, an American cocktail named for the famous hat-shaped restaurant in Hollywood, just made with Scotch instead of bourbon. It was invented somewhere in Europe and first recorded in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock.

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. We probably wouldn’t whip this one up again because one of us (her) doesn’t love Scotch, and the other (him) likes other honey cocktails more, but we can see why its name means “something you just have to have.” The bitterness might just keep you coming back for more.

Recipe

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

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

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

Method
1

Add Scotch, pink grapefruit juice, homemade 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 Whisky
 ¾ oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
 1 Grapefruit Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add Scotch, pink grapefruit juice, homemade 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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