Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Cocktail - Sidecar, Mirror Images and Father's Day

First, Happy Father's Day to my Dad and my Grandfather.  Below are two generations of Dad's and one up and comer.  My little guy and I are fortunate to have my Dad who has boundless energy and will practice baseball whenever the mood strikes, is a master of water fun at the pool, is the MacGyver of making up games from scratch, will take a kid sledding until frostbite sets in and has an infectious laugh that reaches highest pitch when watching the late/great George Carlin.  He's a tough act to follow and that makes me one lucky daughter.    

As for the cocktail, I am having a Sidecar.  This is a pre-prohibition, Gatsby era drink that thankfully survived the cocktail brain drain the Eighteenth Amendment invited.  Gold in color with a balance of sweet and sour makes it perfect to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. 
My Grandfather
My Son
My Dad and My Grandfather

Yield: 1 Cocktail

3//4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces Cognac
Sugar for glass rim of the cocktail glass

1. Rub a lemon around the rim of a martini glass and dip in sugar.  Place the glass in the freezer while you mix and shake.
2. Add Cointreau, lemon juice and Cognac to a cocktail shaker with lots of ice.  Shake like a champ.
3. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes in the shaker and then shake it again.
4. Strain into the chilled glass from the freezer with the sugar rim.
5. Sip. Smile.

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