Not saying you need to grab a bottle of XO for this cocktail, but Sidecar doesn't work with a subpar brandy. Nor does it work without just the right amount of acid. Too little, the drink becomes bland. Too much, we lose the alluring aroma of the brandy.
This cocktail starts off a bit tart. As it warms, brandy's own complexities and its harmony with citrus becomes more pronounced. Sidecar is wonderful anytime, although I enjoy it best as a refreshing digestif.
60 ml Cognac
20 ml Dry orange liqueur
15 ml fresh lemon juice
5 ml rich syrup (2:1)
Serve in a Coupe glass
❶ Chill the glass.
❷ Place all ingredients into the shaker.
❸ Taste and adjust flavour balance.
❹ Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 12 seconds (13-15 sec for a lighter flare).
❺ Double strain into the chilled glass.
❻ Garnish and serve.