Do any of you watch “Blue Bloods?” I love that show. And before you get any ideas, it is not because I was such a huge “Magnum, P.I.” fan and I watch it exclusively to look at Tom Selleck. Well, it's not entirely like that. Anyway, the other day I was watching an old episode called “Manhattan Queens” where Danny (Donnie Wahlberg, who also directed) investigates the murder of a drag queen named Tiffany Lamp. Tiffany, it seemed, liked her cocktails and drank, exclusively, Sidecars.
While I had heard the name, I really wasn't familiar with the Sidecar, so I did a little investigating. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims origin of the drink, with the first recipes appearing in 1922. (Can you imagine what Paris was like in 1922? Ooh, la la!) It sounded très chic, so I had to give it a try and use one of my vintage cocktail glasses, because I was feeling extra fancy, and I felt oh, so sophisticated when I drank it. It's boozy, but boy is it good. I'm going to have to work on coming up with some pretty fancy appetizers, excuse me, canapés, to enjoy with this one.
1 ounce freshly squeezed Meyer lemon Juice*
1 ounce triple sec
2 ounces Cognac or brandy
After squeezing the lemon, rub the lemon over the rim of the cocktail glass and dip it into sugar to coat; chill glass.
In a cocktail shaker** with ice pour lemon juice, triple sec, and brandy. Cap off and shake well. Strain into chilled sugar-rimmed glass. Drop a cherry into the bottom and serve.
*Please use organic fruit in all of your recipes. I recommend Melissa’s Organic Meyer Lemons.
**If you don’t happen to have a cocktail shaker, or, like me, you have one, but have no clue as to its location, a Mason jar works just fine.
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