Autumn is right around the corner (it feels like it already as I’m writing this) and I find that I want to trade in the light colored gins and vodkas for darker liquors like whiskeys, bourbons and brandies. We aren’t really into the cold months yet, but it’s definitely not summer anymore. So, I thought a Sidecar cocktail would be perfect this week.
A Sidecar is a classic cocktail from the roaring twenties and it’s delicious. Like so many of my cocktail recipes, I like to include a bit of the fruit I use for garnish in the shaker so that more flavor is broken down into the drink.
Classic cocktails like the Sidecar are easy to make and perfect for a relaxing afternoon or evening when you’re just starting to think about lighting that first fire in the fireplace. The Sidecar — an elegant autumn-inspired drink.
- 2 ounces Cognac
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 1 orange slice, cut in half; and then one half into quarters
- Sugar for rimming the glass (optional)
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, add all of the wet ingredients and the 2 quarters of orange slice. Shake, strain into a martini glass and rim the glass with sugar (optional). Garnish with ½ orange slice.