Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Sidecar

Cheers to another July birthday! My lovely friend Jordan also celebrates her last 20-something birthday. Since I can't be there to help ring it in, I'll just have to raise a glass in her honor. My drink of choice? The sidecar.

This Parisian-based cocktail is an absolute favorite of mine. It's traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. The proportions vary in different regions, though. This is how I like mine. 


  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1 part Rémy Martin VS Champagne Cognac 
  • 1 part sour mix
Sour Mix
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part water
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice


    1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    2. Shake until slightly frothy.
    3. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge.
    Sour Mix
    1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a pot. Stir to dissolve sugar.
    2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. Strain freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice into a resealable bottle. 
    4. Pour in the cooled simple syrup. 
    5. Shake before use. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
    Happy Birthday Big Hungry!

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