The Side Car and Its Country Cousins

sidecarThe Side Car Cocktail, introduced to the public during Prohibition (some say during WW I), is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. Very simple to make and not requiring anything exotic.

The drink was originally an equal parts cocktail and so is infinitely adjustable to one’s taste. One ounce of each ingredient is a fine cocktail, but a bit too unbalanced for me. I prefer the following which lets the brandy come forward a bit more:

2 oz Brandy

1 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you like, add an orange twist.

A good cognac should be used for this drink, a VS or VSOP. At some point in the drink’s history, a sugared rim was introduced to the glass. I find it unnecessary, but if you want to try it, I suggest only sugaring half the glass. That way the drinker can try it with and without. Try to avoid getting sugar onto the inside of the rim or it will sweeten the whole drink. I do the same thing with a salted rim on drinks as well. It’s nice to have options.

The Side Car is a marvelously simple, sophisticated drink. There are also a few slightly less refined but very tasty relatives well worth trying.

White Lady

1 ½ oz Gin

3/4 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz Lemon juice

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

X.Y.Z.

1 oz Rum

1 oz Cointreau

1/2 oz Lemon Juice

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

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