Hi. I’m Rachel Maddow for my friends at Howdini.com and I’m going to tell you how to make a Sidecar – one of the greatest original cocktails there is. It’s very simple; you can do it at home. So, the Sidecar only has three ingredients. Cognac is the base spirit. It’s also got Cointreau in it. Cointreau is an orange-based liqueur. It’s clear. And then it’s got fresh lemon juice. And that’s it.
I’ll start with the cognac. You want two ounces of Cognac. This little knob is on the top of the bottle so bartenders can pour fast. I can’t do anything fast; I’m not a “real” bartender. Now, we’re going to put in a half-ounce of Cointreau – a little extra there because I under-poured. And, lemon juice. Now here’s the thing with lemon juice: it has to be fresh lemon juice. It can’t come out of a plastic thing that’s called a “lemon” with a little TM after it, that’s in your fridge. It can’t come out of a bottle. It can’t come out of something marked “Lemonade”. It actually has to be from a piece of fruit, however upsetting you might find that. So, lemon, we want a half an ounce of juice. That’s all we need. And those are the components of your Sidecar. Now, here comes the fun part… ice. Now, we are here at Daddy-O’s Bar in the West Village in New York City and it’s a real bar and as I said, I’m not a real bartender. When I make drinks at home I use like the junior shaker. I’m a little nervous about using the real bartender shaker. Let’s see how it goes. In case you’re not getting the idea, you need to shake for longer than you think you do. OK, that’s our well-shaken cocktail, cocktail strainer and into our cocktail glass. This is a beautiful Sidecar. Now, one option you’ve got here, if this isn’t sweet enough for you, you can do a sugar rim around the glass, but I find that embarrassing.
I’m Rachel Maddow for Howdini.com.