Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Old-Timey Cocktails: Part IV

I feel the same way about this next old-timey cocktail's name as I do about the Gimlet.  It's perfectly vintage.  It's a quintessential classic cocktail, and from what I've gathered in my historical sleuthing, was invented around the end of WWI.

What could this perfectly vintage cocktail I'm going on about be?  Why it's the Sidecar, my friends.  Talk about an old-timey one! 

I had to add a few more bottles to my bar stash to make this one - which has been built up pretty nicely during this cocktail series. The Sidecar follows suit with simplicity in the recipe like all the other cocktails I've experimented with so far.

Just to re-cap, I've tackled the Manhattan, the Tom Collins, & the Gimlet since starting the series.  I haven't decided if I'm going to wrap it up here with the 4th installment, or go one more and call it done at 5 cocktails.  I'll see if any other recipes inspire me to keep buying booze!

The Sidecar calls for cognac, Cointreau and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Yet another summer time drink!  Maybe my inclinations toward the summer-type cocktails is directly linked to my geographic location.  Escapism! What better way to shift focus from crappy, gray, rainy, cold weather than citrus cocktails?  Works for me.

So we're looking at 1 1/2 oz. of cognac, 1 oz. of Cointreau, and a 1/2 oz. of fresh lemon juice.  I'm pretty sure you can substitute Grand Marnier for the Cointreau since they're both orange liqueurs, but I went for the Cointreau.

It's not a bad cocktail, but I don't think it's one I'd make again or make a habit of ordering.  It tastes good, but it's just a little outside my realm of preferences.  I think it just falls into that alcohol-y category that doesn't appeal to me as much. Really, it just comes back around to the fact that I'm a beer and wine type of gal.

Don't let that stop you from experimenting yourself, though!  With a name like the Sidecar, you've got to be a tiny bit intrigued, right?  Happy cocktailing!

Ta-ta for now.


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