An unlikely cousin to the Margarita, the Sidecar cocktail is known as the same Sour family as the tequila classic. Once you know how to make a Margarita, you will know how to make a Sidecar because they’re basically the same. One uses tequila and lime, whereas the other uses cognac and lemon, but the template is spirit, orange liqueur, and citrus.
- 2 ounces VSOP Cognac, Armagnac, or good California brandy
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, to taste
- superfine sugar, for garnish (optional)
Prepare cocktail glass by making a slit in a lemon wedge and running the cut edge around the rim of the glass; then dip the rim in a saucer of superfine sugar to create a thin crust; chill the glass until needed.
Combine brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glass; garnish with a twist of orange or lemon peel, if the urge comes across.