I spent the Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas. Say what you will about Vegas, but Lady Luck was very, very kind to me on this trip, and I chose to celebrate with a Sidecar at the Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio.
The Sidecar is an old-school cocktail, supposedly invented around WWI in either London or Paris. I suppose that with the resurgence of the martini and all things Mad Men, Sidecars have gotten more popular. They’re delicious, easy to drink, and should be approached with caution… they go down much too easy.
At the Petrossian, our bartender gently swirled the rim of the class in super-fine sugar, which can be found at bakery supply stores (or at a homebrew store!). Place the sugar in a bowl and spin the moistened martini glass rim in the bowl to pick up the sugar.
Note: Cognac or Brandy can be used. Do yourself a favor and use the VS or VSOP versions – this drink is simple, and simplicity fares best with quality ingredients
2 oz Cognac
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Lemon Juice
Moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass with a bit of lemon, then swirl the glass in your super-fine sugar. Shake liquids in a shaker with ice, strain into prepared glasses.