Cocktail Hour: The Sidecar

Brandy Sidecar

I think Brandy gets a bad rap.

I am not really sure why, either.  I mean, it seems to be relegated to the smoking jackets-and-snifters crowd or drunks passed out on the sidewalk.  There is a middle ground, and I think it comes in the form of several old-school cocktails.  The first of these is the Sidecar, which has a sophisticated, yet accessible quality to it.  I am not sure where the name comes from (I read something about it being named for a US Army captain), but I like to think of it as a good, reliable vehicle for a good time. Something about the sweetness of the orange liqueur mixed with the deep flavors of the brandy, highlighted with the fresh spark of the lemon juice makes for a perfect concoction. I can’t guarantee that you’ll gain any stability from this sidecar, but after one or two, you shouldn’t be driving a motorcycle, anyway. Enjoy, and happy weekend early!

4 parts brandy
1 part triple sec
1 part lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a cocktail or coupe glass and garnish with a twist.


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