The Sidecar. It’s one of my go-to cold weather drinks. It’s what I order when I want something sweet rather than savory (like another one of my favorites — the dirty martini). There are different variations of this cocktail. Some use cognac, others brandy. Sometimes it’s made with triple sec and sometimes cointreau. Where I usually order it, they use brandy and triple sec.
The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims they created the drink in the early 1900’s, but a couple of British gentlemen have also claimed to be the inventor. Regardless, it is named after the attachment on a motorcycle. The drink has morphed and changed a lot since then, going through numerous variations.
Fancy people in England and France drank this cocktail over 100 years ago, which makes me feel very cool when I order it even though the bartender probably laughs about me behind my back.
I really like my cocktails served up so that I can sip and savor them without worrying about ice watering down the flavor. So I love that this is served in a martini glass.
If you want to try this at home, it’s pretty simple!
Freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar if you want to frost the rim
1 cup Cognac or good brandy
1/2 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Maraschino cherries (I like Tillen Farms all natural) or lemon peel, to garnish
If you want to frost the glasses, swipe the lemon wedge around four martini glasses and then dip in a shallow plate of sugar.
Combine the Cognac, Triple Sec, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into the martini glasses. Garnish with a cherry or lemon peel (or both, if you feel like living on the edge).