When I discovered classic cocktails the Side Car was my introduction. So glamorous! So retro! So delicious! And so simple to make. This is the drink that spawned the margarita, the Kamikaze and others. Sweet and sour: the best combo for a cocktail, in my humble opinion.
Legend has it the Side Car was first created in France at Harry's New York Bar for a customer who arrived by side car. That was so many years ago that who knows if it's true. But who cares! Don't you love the idea of scooting over to your favorite bar in Paris, sliding out of your side car, and waltzing in to have your bartender serve you one of these?
1.5 oz. cognac
1 oz. Cointreau
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
lemon twist for garnish
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with fine sugar (if you like that sugar-rim kind of thing). Garnish with a lemon twist.
Adjust the cointreau/ cognac proportions to suit your taste.