According to legend, the Sidecar cocktail was created by a bartender at Harry's New York Bar in Paris during World War I, after the customer for whom it was invented rode up on a motorcycle. This cocktail was supposed to complement the bike.
This cocktail is a mix of cognac, orange and cognac liqueur, and lemon juice topped with brandy soaked dried cherries. While using VS cognac is fine, I recommend using a quality orange liqueur instead of triple sec. I used sparkling sugar for the sugar rim, but regular granulated sugar is fine.
The dried cherries are soaked in brandy for about an hour prior to preparing the drink. The cocktail can be serve straight up or over ice.
Sidecar Cocktail with Dried Cherries
Makes two cocktails
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
4-6 dried cherries
3 ounces cognac
Sparkling or granulated sugar
1 1/2 ounces orange and cognac liqueur
1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
- About an hour before making the cocktail, soak the dried cherries in the cognac.
- Rub a lemon wedge on the rim of a cocktail glass.
- Place sugar on a plate and twist the rim of the cocktail glass through it to coat with sugar.
- In an ice filled cocktail shaker, drain the cognac and skewer the cherries.
- Add the orange liqueur and lemon juice.
- Shake for at least half a minute and strain into the cocktail glasses (up or over ice).
- Top with the skewered cherries.
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