The Sidecar surfaces in Agatha Christie novels and only rarely in trendy bars these days. It takes its name from the little passenger capsule so many motorcycles sported in England in the 1930s, the kind that Lady Mary Wimsey and her pet Communist meant to elope in, during the first chapters of Dorothy Sayers' Clouds of Witness. It's a brandy cocktail, which nobody drinks anymore, but it's absolutely delicious. Here, after much experimentation, is how to make one:
The Wimsey Sidecar
1.5 oz Courvoisier
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake all in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and pour into a martini glass--preferably one whose rim has been wiped with a lemon and coated with sugar. Grab a good dog and a good mystery and settle in while the blizzards howl.
After you drink this, you'll want to be poured into one of those cute little passenger capsules and elope.
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