Have you ever had a sidecar? It’s one of the old classic cocktails and was named after the motorcycle sidecar that an army captain was driven in to Harry’s bar in Paris, where it was originated.
The first time I had one was in an old supper club style restaurant in Minneapolis when I was in a bit of a drink rut I was sold. It’s fruity without being very sweet, pretty strong and the sugared rim lets the drinker monitor the sweetness on a sip by sip basis. This is a twist on the original, updated with fresh grapefruit and lime juice.
I don’t drink any brown liquors, and most of the cocktails I usually drink feel too summery for freezing February nights, but this one somehow works. This is a great drink to prep ahead of time, make the juice blend and it will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or so, or make a larger batch and shake with ice and serve up or on ice when you’re ready.
For triple sec, I would recommend something of a middle shelf variety.
splash orange juice
2 tbs sugar
Juice fruits, add splash of orange juice and sugar. Pour into jar and shake. Can be stored in the fridge for a week.
updated sidecar cocktail
Prepare your sugared rim on your glass of choice. Combine 1 part triple sec, 3 parts cognac and 2 parts of the juice mixture. Shake with ice, serve in a lowball glass with ice or up without the ice for a stronger drink.