Last Call

How to Make the Perfect Sidecar

One of my favorite parts of writing Last Call is getting to answer people's burning questions about booze. I'm not kidding in the intro tag up there, I truly love getting to pull the curtain back on the alchemy of bartending. This week, I opened up the mailbag and read:

What tips do you have for making a good Sidecar?

Good choice with the Sidecar, it's one of the most underrated drinks out there. The hardest part of ordering one is finding a bartender who's heard of the thing. While the Sidecar is practically the standard bearer of brandy cocktails, Americans (except grape-loving Californians who skip the Sidecar in favor of sipping brandy neat from a snifter, and for some strange reason Wisconsinites) lost their taste for brandy quite some time ago. It's poised to make a comeback; brandy is smooth and easy to drink, but has more character than boring old vodka. The Sidecar is a great place to start.