Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sparkling Sidecar

When it comes to summer cocktails, I always crave something light and refreshing. Something that's served cold with just a hint of sweetness. Oh, and I also want it to be easy to make. That's a definite. What's the point in having a lazy summer day if it can't be lazy!

My best friends know that I am a huge supporter of sparkling Rosé during the summer. Okay, really anytime. It's so light, crisp, and slightly sweet. But sometimes you want something with a little more "oomph." When I started coming up with summer drink ideas, I couldn't get a Sidecar cocktail out of my mind. It's a drink Patrick and I served at our annual "Prohibition Party." We served big pitchers of vintage cocktails like the Bee's Knees, Mint Julep, and Old Fashioned. But my personal favorite is always the Sidecar.

The Sidecar is made with cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice. Those Prohibition people were serious! It's tart, slightly sweet, and really refreshing. But this bold cocktail needed a lighter note for a hot summer day. Then I thought, champagne! Perfect! But the proportions had to be just right. I could tell this was going to be a messy job. I knew exactly who to call...

When I want an amazing drink, I call this man. Patrick can make a mean cocktail. Plus, he's been my partner in crime for more than 14 years now. When I say "Lets throw a 1920's party" he says "let me grab my hat and a cocktail shaker." He is my best taste-tester and my best pal. Okay, I guess I'm getting sentimental. Our 11th wedding anniversary is in a couple weeks. 11th. I seriously can't believe it. One night, we tested this cocktail until it was just perfect. (It's a tough job but someone has to do it!) I know it won't disappoint. 

Happy Summer y'all!

Sparkling Sidecar

Makes 4 drinks

1 cup cognac
½ cup triple sec
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup champagne or sparkling white wine, chilled
Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Pour cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice in a martini shaker filled with ice.  Shake for 30 seconds.

Pour champagne into the pitcher.  Then add the cognac mixture.  Stir until just combined.  Garnish glasses with maraschino cherries.
photos taken by Angela and Anna Sackett

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