Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | December 23, 2010

Big Media Derek

I missed this until today, but earlier this month The Columbia Room’s Derek Brown was given a big profile in the Wall Street Journal. It’s a great piece that looks at what makes Derek’s style unique, including his attention to detail and pursuit of perfection over a worship of creativity for creativity’s sake. It’s great to see Derek continue to get this sort of positive coverage in big press outlets (see also GQ, USA Today & Washingtonian).

The WSJ piece includes one recipe of Derek’s creation which I’m pretty certain I’ve had before and is flat-out phenomenal. It’s a Daiquiri variation that uses Blackstrap rum and Cynar.

The Getaway

1 oz blackstrap rum
½ oz Cynar
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup

Shake with ice until extremely cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Effing brilliant!

As I said above, it’s great to see Derek, as with other DC craft cocktail bartenders, continue to grow their national presence and be recognized for their outstanding work. Kudos Derek!



  1. The Getaway was the final cocktail at a client appreciation even I held at the Columbia room the week of Thanksgiving. It’s absolutely brilliant. Been making them at home ever since.

  2. Ever since I saw that article, I’ve been trying to find my Cynar. Could it be I don’t have any? I sure hope not!

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