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Ginger Sidecar Cocktail

A Gingered Spin on a Classic Cocktail

While you want Thanksgiving tipples to be memorable and festive, make sure to keep them accessible enough for the whole family (including your less-than-experimental sister-in-law). One way I like to approach this is by placing a contemporary twist on an otherwise standby cocktail.

Much like a pear essence cosmopolitan mellows out the cosmo, here, ginger and maple syrup add a Winter twist to the classic World War I-era sidecar. It won't rouse any raised eyebrows, but do prepare yourself for a table full of compliments. For a timeless cocktail with a hint of sugar and spice, read more.


Ginger Sidecar

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Ginger Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Sugar
    1 orange slice
    2 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled fresh ginger
    2 one-inch strips of orange peel
    2 ounces brandy
    1 ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons maple syrup, preferably grade B

Directions

  1. Place sugar on a plate. Run orange slice around the rim of a glass; rotate rim in sugar.
  2. Muddle ginger and 1 of the strips of orange peel in a cocktail shaker. Add brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, maple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled. Strain into a glass, and garnish with the second strip of orange peel.
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