The sidecar is really just a brandy sour in which the sugar syrup is replaced by orange liqueur. We’ve suggested a ratio that we like, but you could go for equal parts (the most usual way) or hit the cognac hard, depending on your mood (or whether it’s decent brandy). It’s worth sugaring the rim of the glass first, as the added sweetness really helps the flavours come together.
- Lemon juice and caster sugar for the glass rim
- 50 ml Rémy Martin VSOP cognac
- 30 ml orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
- 30 ml lemon juice
- 5 ml sugar syrup
- Twist of orange zest to garnish
First, moisten the outside rim of a martini or cocktail glass with lemon juice, then roll it in caster sugar.
Shake all the ingredients with ice cubes.
Strain into the glass and garnish with orange zest.
From The Bompas & Parr Cocktail Book, Pavilion Books, £9.99