Citrus Sidecar Cocktail | www.foodess.com

The classic sidecar cocktail is made with cognac or brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.

Its appearance here was inspired by two things: a bottle of Remy Martin that was gifted to me, and a recent re-read of Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – wherein a girl from the 20s haunts her niece, hilariously forcing her to wear flapper dresses and order sidecars.

I feel like Sophie and I are old gal pals. I’ve devoured all of her chick-lit books since the first Shopaholic when I was sixteen. Now before you judge me on literature choice, I do know that they’re Kit Kats, not fine chocolates, but she makes me actually laugh out loud, which I love.

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail | www.foodess.com

Who am I kidding, I know you wouldn’t have judged me anyway.  We’re friends. <3

This cocktail is orangey, and not too sweet, which I like – it’s more on the sour side.  The sugar-rimmed glass takes the edge off the tartness. Plus it’s super sparkly and pretty.

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail | www.foodess.com

P.S. Cocktails are a whole area of excitement and deliciousness that I feel we should really explore more here. Should we have Free-Pour Fridays? Should we?? I think we should. Let’s do it.

 

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 2
Drinks
American

Ingredients
  

  • sugar for rimming glass
  • ice
  • 3 oz cognac or brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec or cointreau
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • orange peel for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Wet a clean cloth with water and run it around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Immediately turn glasses upside-down in a shallow dish of sugar and twist until the rims are coated.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add cognac, triple sec and lemon juice; shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
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