Blue London Sidecar

September 9, 2010 (Day 222) — Blue London Sidecar

“Would you let me romanticize the beauty in our London skies.” — Jamie Cullum

I’m a sucker for singers and standards. Those smooth voices, you can almost hear the smoke of a small bar wafting across the rafters. Sinatra. Davis. Martin. Como. Now, there’s the “new” generation of crooners: Cullum. Bublé. Connick. I love them all. So, I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for cocktails that remind me of smokey saxophones and melancholy pianos. Blue London Rain — while not having ingredients that you would probably expect to see in a classic martini bar — at least fulfills its mission through the name. I think of Jamie Cullum.

I stumbled across this recipe while looking for a sweet, but powerful drink that I could make for Jenn before she had to head off to rehearsal. (Side bragging note: she has the female lead in the upcoming production of “Nobody’s Perfect” by Simon Williams). This seemed easy enough.

Blue London Sidecar

2 oz gin

1.5 oz blue curacao

Juice from 1 lime

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour your gin, curacao and juice. Stir for at least 30 seconds until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Very bright and summery, and almost a bit out of place at a fall-like dinner. But, that being said, it is also incredibly delicious. It’s also very pretty (as you can see from the photo). Excellent drink, reserved for summer backyard barbecues.


— Mark

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