The history of the Buster Brown cocktail is up for debate. The name, I’m guessing, comes from this comic book character but this cocktail ain’t for the kiddies, so I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a tweak of the always fantastic Mr. Twain. However it ends up, it’s such a simple, classic cocktail that you can’t not love it.
15ml lemon juice
Splash of simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters (preferably Reagan’s)
Shake with ice, garnish with a lemon peel
And that’s it! Of course, it can go really badly. For starters, using a crappy Bourbon, doesn’t get you anywhere. I prefer Bulleit when feeling flush, but Four Roses works just fine. One of the big issues I’ve seen when getting it at a bar in that they make it too sweet and lemony. You need just a splash of the syrup and just half a small lemon. Anymore and you’ve basically created a Mike’s Hard Lemonade which is fine if wear cargo shorts, gelled hair, and drive down to Charleston to party on long weekends. If you find yourself more of a cravat-wearing brandy sniffer, then don’t go there.
Just remember, if in doubt, add more Bourbon. If you can drink it straight, you can drink it in a cocktail. Just don’t give it “the bird“. That’s not good for anyone.