According to cocktail expert Dale DeGroff, the Sidecar—said to be invented in the 1930s—is an update of a much older drink called the Brandy Crusta. While many bartenders consider the sugar rim essential to both drinks, Jonny Raglin asks people their preference. “If no rim, then I simply garnish the drink with a twist.”
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1 3/4 ounces VSOP Cognac
3/4 ounce orange curaçao
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
Dash of orange bitters
1 orange twist, for garnish
How to Make It
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the orange twist.
Simple Syrup: In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar; let cool. Makes about 6 ounces.
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