Black & Vanilla Derby
by Gina Solon
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 vanilla bean sliced lengthwise and cut into small segments
- 4 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 3 oz. Kentucky bourbon
In a small saucepan mix the molasses and vanilla bean with about 3/4 cup of water. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about half. This syrup will keep in a jar in the fridge for a few weeks, and the vanilla flavor will deepen.
Combine 1 oz. of molasses syrup in a shaker with a lot of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass or serve over a cube or two. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Yield: 2 drinks