The Sidecar is an elegant, refined sip that has a soft spot as my personal favorite cocktail. Its form (a “sour”) is shared by who-knows how many other cocktails – two parts strong, one part sweet, one part sour. Swap the brandy for tequila and you pretty much have a Margarita (up next).
It’s traditional to moisten the glass rim with lemon and dip the rim in sugar – but certainly not necessary. I find the drink plenty sweet on its own.
The Sidecar and the Margarita are where you’ll understand why a quality triple sec like Cointreau is worth every penny versus a cheaper variety that would overpower the drink with syrupy sweetness.
A Parisienne Shaker from Kegworks.com is perfect for mixing up a Sidecar or two!
1 1/2 oz brandy or Cognac
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice
Shake well with ice to blend and chill.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.