So, it’s been quite some time since I talked to you about a wine cocktail recipe. Though the Hot Honey Wine recipe is truly one of my favorites and it doesn’t seem to get old (especially now that the weather is getting colder and colder), I thought about presenting to you a much more usual cocktail recipe. One that you will certainly find yourself requesting from the bartender soon. What is that?? The Sidecar Cocktail recipe! Classic and old yet modern and never out of fashion.
Of course, what you will definitely think of, is that ‘wait a minute, how can the Sidecar Cocktail be made with wine? Cognac is the basic ingredient of the drink, right?’ Well, I’ve got news for you! You see, Cognac is actually a type of brandy and is made completely from white grape varieties. In fact, Trebbiano grape variety holds 90% of the ones used for making Cognac. Convinced already?
So, how about we get going with the cocktail recipe then?
- 60ml / 2 parts Cognac
- 30ml / 1 part Orange Liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
- 30ml / 1 part Lemon Juice, Fresh
- Some Sugar, to Rim the glass
- An Orange Slice, for the Garnish
Pour the Cognac, the Orange Liqueur of your choice and the Fresh Lemon Juice into a cocktail shaker that you have already filled with ice. Shake for a little bit and then strain into a chilled, rimmed with sugar* cocktail glass. Garnish with the Orange Slice on the rim of the glass and there! Your Sidecar Cocktail is ready to serve!
*Pass a slice of lemon through all of the rim of the glass and then pass the glass gently over the sugar so that you have a line of sugar on the rim of the glass. You may also see how to rim a glass with sugar here.