This week we are sipping on some French Brandy, also known as Cognac. Yes, we have our scented candles, Courvoisier and we are ready to answer your love queries.... I mean, we are ready to share this recipe for the traditional Sidecar. (Brownie points if you know who Leon Phelps is.)
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This recipe makes 2 drinks! Let's get started!
Here's what you need:
3-4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice (adjust as needed)
4 Tablespoons of Sugar (adjust as needed)
2 Lemon Slices
4 oz. Cognac
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Martini Glasses
You'll also need a Shaker Cup, Hawthorn Strainer, Bar Spoon.
Let's Start the Garnish:
- Cut 2 thin slices from a lemon.
- To create each curly peel garnish, cut through one side of the peel.
- Then, cut out the pulp so you have a long strip of peel.
- Twist into the corkscrew shape and set aside. (We wrapped ours around a toothpick and placed into a paper towel until we were ready).
- Next, to prep the martini glasses, grab some lemon juice and sugar.
- There are several ways to do this, but one of the quickest is to get two small plates and place the lemon juice and sugar each on their own plate.
- Dip the glass (upside down) in the lemon juice. Alternatively, you can paint the lemon juice on the rim with a cotton swab or napkin, or you can run a lemon wedge around the rim.
- While keeping glass upside down, now dip the glass into the sugar.
- Remove gently and flip upright. Set aside.
- Repeat with 2nd glass.
Let's Make the Drink:
- In a shaker cup add Cognac (4 oz), Cointreau (1.5 oz) and Lemon Juice (1.5 oz).
- Add ice
- Stir gently
- Strain evenly between both martini glasses
- Add your curly lemon peels
"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the cognac, or any other reason."