A Girl’s Gotta Have a Favorite: A Cocktail Romance

Everyone has it. The favorite cocktail, the one that when done correctly can bring tears of joy to your eyes, or when slaughtered, make you wish you had never been born (we won't name names: sometimes it is a girl’s own fault for excepting a cocktail at the Olive Garden).

My All-Time, Never-Goes-Out of Style Cocktail is the Side Car. A well-done side car is a thing of eternal beauty.

According to probably the best cocktail book ever written, Drinkology: The Art and Science of The Cocktail (it has a waterproof cover, I am in love!) the side car comes from Paris in the early 1900’s and was named after some fellow who used to show up to his favorite bar in a side car. Lord knows if this is true, but it doesn’t matter at all: side cars are wonderful.

To make one of these dreamy little beings, you do need a few things:

Martini glasses for enough drinks as you want to make
Sugar to coat the glass with
Fresh lemons
A cocktail shaker

First take your lemons and make juice! You need 1-2 oz of juice for each, this is more than Drinkology calls for but a girl knows what she wants, and she wants lemons! Put your juice in the shaker with the ice!

Add 1 ½ ounces brandy
Add 1 ½ ounces Cointreau

Put the lid on and SHAKE!

When you are done shaking (that means when the shaker is so insanly cold you can hold it no longer) uses a lemon wedge to coat the rim of your glass, and spin the rim in a shallow dish of sugar to coat it. The pour in your fabulous yellow glass of happiness and enjoy!

If you are feeling cheap you can also make a brandy fizz, it doesn’t have the Cointreau so it will end up costing you a lot less.

Here is what Drinkology has to say on the subject:

2 ounces brandy
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon powdered sugar
club soda or seltzer (or if you already have it for gin and tonic, skip the sugar and use tonic instead).

You can put everything into a cocktail shaker and shake it (add the fizz after) or just stick it in a glass full of ice and stir the heck out of it if you haven’t got a shaker.