Craft Cocktails

Climb Aboard the Lush Car

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I have a thing for Sidecars. Not the kind you find attached to a motorcycle, but rather the liquid kind. My first Sidecar was in a bar many moons ago and it was my first introduction to Cognac. It’s now my “go to” cocktail when we’re out and about. They’re still rather uncommon, so I often have to tell the bartender how to make them –
Ice
¾ ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce lemon juice (keep the lemon to rub along the rim)
1½ ounces of Cognac
Sugar
Martini glass
Rub the lemon along the rim (I sugar only half the rim) of a chilled glass and dip in sugar. Shake above ingredients with cracked ice and pour. Drink. Swoon.
We had a friend in from MN last night. We began our evening with a cocktail at home before heading to dinner. I was perusing through my “Food and Wine Cocktails” book (from 2011) and found a drink that gives a nod to my favorite classic, the Sidecar. It’s called the Lush Car. Don’t you just love the name? It’s so good that I am concerned that’s exactly what I’ll turn into: a lush. Or is it too late already? Well, enough about me, here’s the drink-
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Ice
1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce of cognac
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce Simple Syrup
5 blackberries
1 orange twist, for garnish
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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka, Cognac, lemon juice, Simple Syrup, and blackberries and shake well. Strain this into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist. Drink. Swoon.

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If you don’t have Simple Syrup on hand, make your own! It’s super inexpensive and easy. Add 1cup water and 1 cup sugar to a pan. Bring this to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Vuola, you now have Simple Syrup. Cool and store for your next cocktail.
Drink well,
April
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway