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Tuesday 8 May 2012

The boy and his poison: The Country Sidecar

Inspiration hitting you during a 3am cab home on a Sunday morning can be a little unexpected. In fact, when you're jaded, a little delicate and struggling with mastery of your basic motor-skills the next morning, the series of post-it notes strewn over the flat to remind you of said inspiration seems a bit unsympathetic.

As I attempted to explain to my semi-conscious taxi-buddy, mixing cognac and Chambord should essentially be the preserve of the cough-mixture industry but the picture I saw in my twitter stream said otherwise. Plump berries sat in a sugary bath of brandy and black raspberry liqueur etched a deep enough mark in my memory to guarantee I made it the next day. The drink came from @burgeracblog's visit to a bar in the Cotswolds and apparently they decided to call it a Sidecar. Its definitely no sidecar but with its origins in the countryside, the name seemed quite fitting.

You'll need:
  • 50ml Cognac (brandy will do just fine)
  • 25ml Chambord (Cassis, or creme de mure will work equally well)
  • 25ml Lime juice
  • Blackberries
Make it:
  • Add the brandy, Chambord and lime to a shaker
  • Drop a handfull of blackberries in with them and muddle with a rolling pin
  • Add a handful of ice cubes
  • Shake for 10-15 seconds
  • Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a cocktail stick full of blackberries.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm enjoying the pun in the title more than I should be.


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