It’s Friday … Have a Drink: The Sidecar

Sidecar Cocktail
It’s Friday … Have a Drink: The Sidecar
Our weekly recommendation.

The sidecar is a fantastic drink to have in one’s arsenal. It’s simple to make, it uses ingredients that you should definitely have in your home bar, and you can quickly and easily adjust the proportions to match anyone’s tastes. It's one of my top ten cocktails ever (hmmm … that sounds like a future article), a perfect marriage of sweet, sour, and booze. The most common recipe calls for equal parts of all three ingredients, but I like it a little stronger, so I double up on the brandy.

Don't leave out the sugared rim! It's a bit more mess, but it's worth it. Really elevates the drink and helps balance against the big wallop of the lemon juice. To do it, lay out a plate and put a little fine granulated sugar on it (I used vanilla sugar). Then moisten the rim of the glass by running a lemon wedge over it, and roll it gently in the sugar until it's picked up a good amount. The idea is to crust the exterior while not really getting any sugar inside the glass.

If for some reason you can’t manage the sugared rim, definitely drop the lemon juice by at least a quarter of an ounce.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail coupe. No garnish.

 

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website, cwbuecheler.com.

5 Comments

  • Reply November 8, 2013

    Dave NJ

    Not so sure about this one. Unless it’s for a lady, the sidecar is for Robin. Not Batman.

    • Reply November 8, 2013

      Andrew

      wha?

    • Reply November 8, 2013

      Matt

      Yeah… no. It’s delicious and if you are really scared about what a drink says about your masculinity, you have bigger problems.

      I like the variation on this called the Chelsea Sidecar or White Lady. It’s for you gin lovers:

      3/4 oz gin
      3/4 oz triple sec
      1/2 oz lemon juice

  • Reply November 13, 2013

    Adam Brewton

    Sounds pretty tasty to me. Just like The Ladies Man, I love me some Courvoisier.

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