The Italian Sidecar

The brandy works well, but cognac is divine

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.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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41 Responses to The Italian Sidecar

  1. lindalyell says:

    Decadent. Enjoy!

  2. JamieAnne says:

    Looks like an awesome drink!!

  3. Kas says:

    Mmm that looks/sounds delicious. Drinks are in order for tomorrow!

  4. joshuafagans says:

    Wow, I will have to try this! I have always loved a good sidecar but not seen this variation before. Thanks!

  5. Haven’t had a sidecar before – it sounds great – not sure I could handle too many though.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  6. Yvette says:

    Sounds delicious! Could be a knock your socks off type of drink!

  7. Yuri says:

    I’ve never tried a sidecar before, in fact, I haven’t tried that many cocktails… My boyfriend would buy and open a bottle of wine but that’s it. You’re lucky to have a wife with bartender skills πŸ™‚

  8. I don’t know why, but I love the look of all those ice cubes floating in your glass!

  9. wakitout says:

    Substituting limoncello for lemon juice? I totally approve.

  10. Sounds so glamorous. I picture you now floating around in a vintage silk gown, circa 1930Β΄s and Greg in a dinner jacket!!! Perhaps you should introduce regular “cocktail evenings”, or is that just asking for trouble?!

    • Katherine says:

      Greg did indeed have his smoking jacket on. And I was wearing a dress similar to the green one she had in Atonement, but with a bit of a slit in the front to show off the gams, ha. For the sake of our blog readers we’re trying to do a drink post a week. It’s torture, but a public service.

  11. Joanne says:

    Haha I would have done the same thing! I’m such a novice when it comes to liquor. It’s shameful. But the drink sounds delicious!

  12. ChefMom says:

    I love the story! And it sounds like the drink turned out well. Maybe I’ll whip this one up for hubby one of these nights when he gets home from work. I’ll have to find him a good smoking jacket though. πŸ˜‰

  13. Linda says:

    What a nice read and wow! what a drink! I love mixed cocktails but I end up always opening up a bottle of wine! The icey cold cocktail seems like the way to go for these warmer months ahead!

  14. Tiff says:

    Cat’s Pajamas, Indeed! Anything with a maraschino cherry works for me.

  15. AMInyc says:

    This looks so GOOD! And I love the skewer the cherry is on! Where did you get them?

  16. Caroline says:

    Love this post, Katherine! Especially the addition of limoncello–a brilliant substitution for lemon juice. I’m sure Greg loved coming home to a delicious, fancy cocktail. πŸ™‚

  17. Lou says:

    Just found this blog from your comment on Tart To Heart’s post. I saw the name Rufus and had to have a look as my son is called Rufus and there aren’t many Rufi (???) around.
    Anyway, love the blog so have signed up. I’m not a huge drinker but am beginning to take more of an interest in ales.

  18. Carolyn says:

    Wow, what a drink! Well, brandy, scotch…as long as it tasted good and gave you a buzz, does it matter?

  19. Katherine’s post are so much fun and I have another cocktail drink to add to my party drinks for guest.

  20. ChgoJohn says:

    Sidecar. Limoncello. Now this is a marriage made in heaven.

  21. SimpleP says:

    Always looking for new ways to use the limoncello in our cabinet. I’m no bartender extraordinare, but I could totally make this!

  22. randommanda says:

    This sounds like the perfect summer drink! I’m going to have to try it! Nice picture too.

  23. I LOVE sidecars! Glad to see someone else out there does as well, because it seems often times bartenders look at me confused when I order one. I’ll have to try the addition of limoncello next time.

  24. Now this seems like a nice refreshing and relaxing way to enjoy my new pergola. πŸ™‚

  25. Have’nt had a sidecar like this before and I AM italian otherwise !!!
    Great Idea Rufus!
    Thank You

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  29. Mary says:

    How did you like that whiskey sour? ha ha. That is totally something I would have done as well! Great photo too!

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  31. kyoske says:

    I think I could die happy only drinking these from now on!

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