Geek Drink of the Week: Sidecar Roundup

Sidecars are one of the basic cocktails. You’ll notice the recipe is similar to daiquiris, sours, and margaritas. There is also quite a lot of debate on the proper ratio of Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. It’s generally accepted that the triple sec and lemon juice are the same. However, the ratio of cognac will depend on your taste or your bartender’s tastes. I like a 3:2:2. Quite a few recipes will suggest 2:1:1.sidecar3

sidecar2_smI’m a cheap drinker with expensive tastes; some of my ingredients are not exactly top shelf (more like the well). Keep in mind with a simple drink like the Sidecar, the best alcohols (and fresh juice) you can afford will come through in the drink. I stock my bar for breadth. You might be stocking for one dinner party. Anywho, I give you the classic Sidecar. I also give you two plays on the Sidecar.

1 oz Cognac

2/3 oz Cointreau

2/3 oz lemon juice (fresh is better)

ice

shaker

Place ice and ingredients in shaker. Shimmy a bit to your favorite old tune and strain into a cocktail glass.

 

Raspberry, Baby2The first play on the Sidecar, of which there are many, is Raspberry, Baby. In this drink I substitute raspberry liqueur for the Cointreau. It makes me feel like I’m hanging out with Carol Channing.Raspberry, Baby_sm

1 oz Cognac

2/3 oz raspberry liqueur

2/3 oz lemon juice (fresh is better)

ice

shaker

Place ice and ingredients in shaker. Shake it and strain into a cocktail glass. Relax and get jazzy.

 

star of midnight3I’ll close this evening’s Sidecar excursion with Star of Midnight. Obviously, I was inspired by this week’s Find That Film. In this recipe we keep the Cointreau but get rid of the lemon juice. It’s not nearly as sour as normal Sidecars. I wish I were wearing the gorgeous mink blouse Ginger Rogers sported in the film. It probably wouldn’t fit my chest. Sigh. Ah, yes, the drink.

star of midnight_sm1 oz cognac

2/3 oz Cointreau

2/3 oz raspberry liqueur

ice

shaker

Place ice and ingredients in shaker. Shake and strain. Take in a show. Definitely watch a Ginger Rogers movie.

 

Please try the ratios to find your preference. I also suggest testing different sour components.  Try orange and lime juice if you have a stocked fruit bowl. You might be surprised at the success.

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