I thought a winter cocktail would be a great idea for today.
This variation of a Sidecar cocktail uses Calvados which is apple brandy. A traditional Sidecar calls for brandy, cognac, armagnac or bourbon. The other Sidecar ingredients remain the same, Cointreau (or Triple Sec) and lemon juice. A sugared rim is a nice contrast to the sour lemon in the drink.
1 1/2 oz Calvados
1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass or coupe.
The Sidecar was created in Paris during World War I. Calvados is distilled from fermented apple cider. It is a drink from Normandy, France and pairs well with pork and mussels.
I think an Apple Sidecar would be a lovely drink with comte cheese and walnuts. If the setting is in front of a fireplace on a chilly evening...all the better.
Have a lovely weekend.