May 11, 2010 (Day 101) — Sidecar

Ahh, cognac. The fine sipping drink. Often preferred neat, there are still a number of excellent cocktails that use the dark and smokey liquor. One classic is the Sidecar. Simple. Basic. Easy.

To really understand the basics of good cocktails, it’s always nice to take a look back at the ones that laid the groundwork. Like the Martini, Martinez and Royal, its the simplicity that makes the drink so good.

General understanding seems to have it that the Sidecar was first made in Harry’s Bar in Paris, France. The story goes that a patron rode into the bar in the sidecar of a motorcycle and asked for something strong. This simple drink was named in honor of that mysterious Frenchman.

Consider this drink along the lines of the Martini or the Royal — strong, honest classics with distinctive tastes.

Traditional Sidecar:

1.5 oz. VS or VSOP cognac

.75 oz. Cointreau

.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.

Man, the classics really are the best, aren’t they? It’s simple. It’s balanced. And it’s really really tasty. I’m really surprised that this hasn’t seen the same amount of fervor that the Martini has in recent years. It’s simple enough to make, and it doesn’t use any really unique ingredients.

I love it. In fact, I like this so much that this would be worked into my regular cocktails for entertaining. Vastly unappreciated.


— Mark

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