Bridge the Summer-Fall Cocktail Gap with the Sidecar
According to our official cocktail color changing guide, it's actually a little early in the year for Sidecars. So why the rush? A friend recently introduced us to Germain-Robin Craft Method Brandy, and now we're looking for an excuse to buy a few bottles ourselves.
If you're using cognac, we suggest a VSOP (very superior old pale). In our recipe we'll be staying stateside with the Germain-Robin, which is produced in California. The Sidecar is sometimes called a "brandy margarita," which may explain why many establishments will serve this up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass. But we like them best in a rocks glass, just as we'd use for an MB.
2 parts Germain-Robin Craft Method brandy
1 part Cointreau
1 part fresh lemon juice
Lightly shake with ice, then pour into a ice-filled rocks glass. Based on your tastes, brandy choice, and strength of the lemon juice, you should adjust the Cointreau and lemon juice to find proper balance.
EARLIER: The MB Cocktail Color Changing Guide