my interview with Kate earlier this week, making cocktails at home shouldn't be a daunting task. With that said, it doesn't get much simpler than the sidecar, though I do admit they are an acquired taste for those who prefer drinks of the sweeter variety. If you take all the bourbon and hops you can get, stop rolling your eyes. JD and I have been making sidecars a lot lately. Mostly because we have a bottle of cognac in the credenza liquor cabinet. But we like our classic cocktails, a lot, and the twenties is always my favorite place to start, for anything.
The sidecar has a bit of a kick to it thanks in part to the lemon juice, but also a good amount of sweetness. If you mix it right it's perfectly smooth and dangerous. There are recipes out there that will suggest adding a sugar rim or some fruit for garnish but that isn't really necessary. To each their own I say. Use what you like and what you have. After all, a good percentage of these drinks are just that.
2 ounces cognac
1 ounce orange liqueur
3/4 ounce lemon juice
In a large glass or shaker combine cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake with ice, serve, and enjoy!