It’s time for cocktail Friday with the hubs, ya’ll! And can I just say… OH. EM. GEE! I thought the only cocktail I would ever love would be a margarita… well, now, (thanks to the hubs), the sidecar is a new found favorite! If you are a margarita lover, do yourself a favor and TRY THIS!

What’s up, foodies and Happy New Year! It’s great to be back with you behind the bar and this week’s cocktail will bring you and your friends a smile and an “oh yeah!”

You guys all know by know that Tina LOVES a margarita. It doesn’t matter what flavor I kick out, if it has tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup, she’s ALL about it. While I love the marg almost as much as her, I get bored making them all the time and this week and wanted to branch out but still get the bride’s nod of libation approval.

Enter the sidecar.

A beautifully simple cocktail from around the time of Prohibition (that dates back to the 1920’s folks). While the exact origin of the sidecar cannot be verified (at least by Wikipedia), by looking at the ingredients my guess in France.

The traditional sidecar consists of the following:

  • Cognac
  • Grand Mariner
  • Lemon Juice

Why do I think it was the French would invented ┬áthis? It’s because cognac is actually just brandy made in France and Grand Mariner is actually just orange liqueur made in France (like champagne is just sparkling wine made in France). Seeing the trend? As far as lemons, well they are just universally awesome for cocktails.

Anyway, enough history. Let’s get back on track. Why do I think Tina would like a sidecar? Well, it’s basically a brandy margarita with lemon juice instead of lime. Following my thinking? Yep.

Now, let’s take a good drink to the next level with a crowd pleasing strawberry puree. Ah, this little sipper is WAY tasty; it’s sweet and tangy and refreshingly delightful. Also, it’s a perfect alternative for any die hard margarita lover.

Happy New Year and thanks for checking in and toasting to a great weekend and 2013.

CHEERS!

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Strawberry Sidecar

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

If you love margaritas... you should definitely give this cocktail a shot!

Ingredients:

For the Strawberry Puree:
2 cups fresh strawberries*
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs lemon

*Strawberries are in season here in Florida, but if they aren't where you are, it's perfectly fine to substitute frozen strawberries - just be sure you get the plain frozen strawberries (NOT the kind in the syrup).

For the Strawberry Sidecar:
2 ounces brandy
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce triple sec (orange liquoer)
1 ounce strawberry puree

Directions:

For the Strawberry Puree:
Add ingredients to a non-stick saucepan and bring to boil (being sure to stir so the sugar doesn't burn), reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes (until berries are softening). Then turn the heat off and allow mixture to cool. Carefully, pour into a blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Strawberry Sidecar:
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Close lid and shake vigorously until combined (a few seconds will do the trick!). You can either serve this straight up (no ice) in a martini glass or on the rocks (over ice) in an old fashioned glass.