On Sunday night I was in the mood to test run a new cocktail. I started researching drinks but the majority were vodka-based or fancy martinis. However I felt like something classic with a non-vodka liquor as the foundation of the drink. I called my friend Emily to invite her for dinner and to ask if she had any suggestions for a different cocktail. She said she had been at the bar recently and noticed people ordering a foggy colored drink called a Sidecar. I looked it up in my cocktail book and found that it only involved three simple ingredients: brandy, triple sec, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. I had the liquor so I asked my dad to pick up some lemons on his trip to the grocery store. The Sidecar ended up being quite tasty and motivated my mom to reveal unheard, hysterically entertaining stories from her past life as a college student. If you want someone to reveal their secrets or inner most feelings, I recommend offering them one of these drinks to lower their inhibitions. To make it during your next happy hour,
2 ounces brandy
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 or 4 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass. For an extra special finishing touch rim the glass with superfine sugar. To do this pour 1/2 cup of sugar onto a plate. Wet the rim of the glass with a slice of lemon and dip into sugar.