Manzo Derby [Cocktail Recipe]

A balanced and refreshing variation of the Brown Derby makes this a perfect summer drink. “The mellow, smooth rye whiskey compliments the vermouth. Basil adds a fresh, herbaceous quality, and the black pepper gives a subtle touch of spice to round it out,” say Alan Lam, beverage director of New York City’s Eataly Flatiron, who created the drink.


  • 1 ½ oz. Mitcher’s Straight Rye
  • ¾ oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Rosso
  • ½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Garnish: fresh black pepper


Build liquid ingredients in a shaker. Add 1 basil leaf and ice. Shake, then double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with remaining basil leaf and one turn of fresh black pepper.