The Sidecar is a one of the earliest known cocktails – thought to have originated in Europe around the end of the First World War.
The classic sidecar is made with equal parts brandy (or cognac), cointreau, and lemon juice. In many ways, it is the grandfather to very popular drinks like the margarita. Generally, you have the spirit, a sweetened citrus liqueur, and citrus juice (booze+sweet+tart = :D ).
Tonight, my choice is the Chelsea Sidecar.
The Chelsea Sidecar is made with gin in place of the brandy/cognac. You can vary the ingredients to taste. Here’s my version:
2 oz. gin (use a good one too, like Bombay Sapphire or Hendrick’s)
1 oz triple sec (we like the Patron citronage, cointreau is good too)
¾ oz lemon juice
Shake vigorously in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and stain into a martini glass. Enjoy!