How To Make A Perfect Sidecar with The Adventurista

by Naima Sanowar

in Drink,Entertainment

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My husband aka The Epicurean Man is the resident mixologist in our family. Over the years he has gotten quite good, actually I am very impressed with  his ability to come up with creative ingredients to put into a cocktail. He is also very talented at making traditional drinks as well.  The holiday season upon us, I was in a mischievous mood last night and wanted to surprise him with a cocktail that he has perfected and I have never prepared before. We are both obsessed with the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, so I choose a cocktail called the Sidecar ( in honor of the Prohibition days) to make for dinner last night.

The Wondrich Take ( Esquire Magazine resident cocktail historian) best sums up the Sidecar in this paragraph:

The Sidecar is often singled out as the only good cocktail to come out of the long national nightmare that was Prohibition. And when you’re sipping one, you almost think it was all worth it. 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. It’s so easy, in fact, to be seduced by this clever old roué that a word of caution would not be out of place here. These gents have a way of stealing up on you and — bimmo! Next thing you know it’s 8:43 on Monday morning and you’re sitting in the backseat of a taxi idling in front of your place of employ. In your skivvies.

It is not easy to impress The Epicurean Man, well last night I did with my perfect Sidecar. I have to chime in that it rivaled any $20 cocktail out there. It was perfect for our Friday date night at home. The sidecar took the sexiness up a notch :)

Here is the recipe for you to try, I guarantee it will impress your significant other and friends.



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

Glass Type: cocktail glass


Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has had its outside rim rubbed with lemon juice and dipped in sugar.

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