Not So Classic Sidecar Recipe: Drinks With The Girls Spring Edition

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Welcome to the first installment of Drinks with the Girls! Today is so exciting – my best blogging friend (Katie from Addicted 2 DIY) & I teamed up to start this new event that we will host every season.  We were chatting one day about how much we were looking forward to our own upcoming drink posts.  From there, we decided to not only post our drinks the same day, but we invited 7 of our favorite bloggers to join us. We were blown away with all the beautiful drinks they created!

Drinks with the Girls Spring Edition

1. Strawberry Margarita by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
2. Soho Sangria by SohoSonnet
3. Grasshopper by Life in Velvet
4. Hustler Cocktail by Addicted 2 DIY
5. Pomegranate Ginger Cocktail by View From the Fridge
6. Not So Classic Sidecar by A Prudent Life
7. Rosemary Hard Lemonade by Dolen Diaries
8. Elderflower Cocktail by My Cooking Spot
9. Detroit Cooler by Sypsie Designs

As you may have noticed in my Art Deco Party Tub post, I’ve been really feeling the vintage vibe lately. I’ve always been intrigued by vintage drinks like the Sidecar, but had never tried one. Doing some research, I found a reference that made a comparison to a margarita and that was all I needed to know to be off and experimenting!

I found that there was no standard recipe for a Sidecar. They include brandy/cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice in widely varying quantities. So, I was free to make up my own recipe! We sacrificed and tried a few different versions to find our favorite. Although, we were in agreement that no matter what quantity of each ingredient I used, the end result was DELICIOUS.

We landed on the recipe I’m sharing because it is still strong, but not as potent as some of the other versions. This was important because I wanted to be able to have more than one. :)

Sidecar Ingredients

Before starting, I threw a couple glasses in the freezer to chill them. Having a frosty glass adds to the fun!

To begin making the Sidecar, I juiced some lemons. I found that each lemon provides between 1 – 1.5 ounces of juice. I‘ve been buying big bags of lemons now that we are on a Sidecar kick! I’m sure they would be fine with bottled lemon juice as well, but I haven’t tried it yet. Ignore the photo-bombing lime please!

Lemon Juicing for Sidecar

I made our drinks individually, so I started with 3 oz lemon juice DRAMATICALLY poured into a shaker full of ice.

Lemon Juice in Shaker

I read different recommendations on whether to use brandy or cognac (cognac is made from special grapes & required to be aged longer). We are totally new to the brandy/cognac game, so decided to trust the experts – you know, all the rappers. :) I picked up some Hennessy VS! Actually, it was recommended on some legit websites talking about classic cocktails, but the fact that Snoop Dog is a fan was an entertaining bonus. I added 2 oz. to my shaker.

Hennessy Cognac in Sidecar

No research was needed for the next ingredient. Cointreau lives on the bar cart all the time for margaritas. I used 1 oz.

Cointreau in Sidecar

You can also add a splash of cherry juice at this point. We did the first time, and then forget the next time. It was still great without it, so we simplified and eliminated that step.

Then…

Shake it like a  Polaroid picture….

Cocktail Shaker

Almost done!

A sugar rimmed glass was the only constant in all the recipes I found, so it was a must. I grabbed a glass out of the freezer and ran a lemon wedge around the outside.

Apply Lemon to Lip of Glass

Then I twisted the glass in a thin layer of super-fine sugar. Bonus tip – plastic kid bowls from IKEA are the PERFECT size for rimming glasses.

Apply Sugar to RimOnce the glass was sugared, I filled it with ice, then with my cocktail. Yum!
At this point, take a sip and potentially add a small amount of sugar to taste. It’s designed to be a sour drink, but depending on your lemons, you may need some sugar for balance.

Easy Sidecar RecipeAll those words and pictures boil down to this:

Not So Classic Sidecar Recipe
3 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts Hennessy VS (or other cognac)
1 part Cointreau
Superfine/Quick Dissolve sugar to taste

Sidecar Featured ImageNow that you’ve got the Sidecar down, don’t forget to hop around and check out all the other fabulous drinks! Cheers!

Drinks with the Girls Spring Edition

1. Strawberry Margarita by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
2. Soho Sangria by SohoSonnet
3. Grasshopper by Life in Velvet
4. Hustler Cocktail by Addicted 2 DIY
5. Pomegranate Ginger Cocktail by View From the Fridge
6. Not So Classic Sidecar by A Prudent Life
7. Rosemary Hard Lemonade by Dolen Diaries
8. Elderflower Cocktail by My Cooking Spot
9. Detroit Cooler by Sypsie Designs

Would you like to be a part of our Drinks with the Girls – Summer Edition blog hop?  If so, contact myself or Katie and we would love to have you join us!  We are limiting the blog hop to 12 bloggers total, so contact us soon.  If you don’t make it in time for the next round, we will have more opportunities to join our fun, seasonal blog hop later this year!

 

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    • 2

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Katie! I had to take full advantage of doing a project while my photographer was home :-)

  1. 3

    says

    Yum!! Looks delicious! Thanks so much for including me in this blog hop. Such a fun idea!! BTW .. who is your photographer?!? He or she is fabulous! Happy Friday … have a great weekend!

    • 4

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Katie! Sometimes I’m lucky and my husband is around to take pictures. He’s in marketing/graphic design and in turn has learned a lot about photography along the way. Total score of a husband for a blogger :-) Notice he turned up when the post was about cocktails.

    • 6

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Ariean, I’m glad you are enjoying the series! I’m amount to go attempt a cheater version of my Sidecar using lemonade instead of lemon juice. I’ve been craving one all day. :)

      Hope to see you in person next week!

    • 7

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Test FAILED. Not as good with lemonade as with fresh lemon juice. But we’re drinking them anyways :)

    • 11

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Sara! I bet lemonade would taste awesome with a sugared rim & pretty straw. :) This is the first time I’ve sugared the lip of a glass and it was tasty!

    • 13

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks so much Tasha! Definitely try one of the Sidecars and let me know what you think! :)

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