More from my wife, bartender extraordinaire.
Think what you will, but the other week I was left to my own devices and decided a stiff drink was in order. There I was staring at an obscenely full liquor cabinet — bottles tend to proliferate when I’m not looking — thinking ‘I have nothing to drink.’ And then in the far back, I spied a shaker my husband had given me for my birthday years back. It’s vintage and the lid sort of sticks. It’s one of those glass numbers with old fashioned drink recipes printed on it. One in particular caught my eye, the sidecar. Doesn’t it just sound like the cat’s pajamas? A few minutes later Greg was walking in the door as I was pouring our drinks, feeling quite pleased with myself. The traditional drink calls for lemon juice, but surely a bit of limoncello would be an improvement. As we quaffed and chatted, he asked where I’d found brandy. “In the decanter,” I replied.
He paused for a second and said, “That’s a 12-year blended Scotch.” I thought briefly about how only a novice would confuse whiskey for brandy and asked: “So how do you like your whiskey sour?”
The Italian Sidecar
- 1/3 brandy or cognac
- 1/3 Cointreau (triple sec is just fine)
- 1/6 limoncello
- 1/6 lemon juice
- orange wedge or maraschino cherry for garnish
Combine ingredients in glass shaker, give it a shake and pour in the glass of your choice.