Everyone seems to be talking about cocktails these days – does that mean it’s finally spring and people are ready to have a party? Fantastic!

The Sidecar is one of those very good cocktails that emerged in the early ’20’s and came out of the long Prohibition days – which must have been a nightmare!  This is an age-old cocktail, yet modern at the same time:  “The luminous, golden-straw color, the perfectly controlled sweetness, the jazzy high notes of the citrus against the steady bass of the brandy. This is a drink whose suavité is beyond question — it’s the Warren Beatty of modern mixology.”  Esquire.com, April 1, 2012.  The classic recipe follows.  Pair it with a Great Gatsby party and your guests will be talking about the night for a very long time.

  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cognac

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass with an outside rim rubbed with lemon juice and dipped in sugar.  Cocktail attire required!