Starting the day with a post about a cocktail at 8:22 clearly means it’s a Friday. I definitely believe you can judge how good a bar or lounge is based on their Sidecar. It’s best not to get this type of drink if the bartender doesn’t know how to make it, botched Sidecars are not good. I went to Lucky 13 one night and tried to explain it to the guy, and what I got was a bad hangover and nausea the rest of the evening. There are a whole bunch of different recipes for Sidecars based on your preference. Brandy, Vodka, cognac, gin, and a few others, though my favourite involves cointreau.
The first place I ever had a Sidecar was at Long Bar on Fillmore street (one of my favourite places for a good drink, the owner’s fantastic), and it’s still probably the best one I’ve tasted. Public House by AT&T Stadium also has a tasty recipe (when I ordered one the mid-50s lady in front of me commented to her friends about how my Lemon Drop looked delicious, only to be shocked when she realized what it actually was). Just last night a friend and I were downtown in search of a good cheese plate and cocktails, and wound up at the Seasons Bar and Lounge, which was exactly what we were looking for. Good Sidecar, great cheese plate.
There are a lot of recipes online, but Drinkoftheweek.com has one that looks pretty legitimate, and has links to different types of Sidecars, as well.
The Original from Harry’s Bar – Paris
1 1/2 oz. VS or VSOP cognac
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugared rim.
Garnish with an orange peel.