Sidecar Royale

Sidecar Royale cocktail

Courtesy Julia Grossman, director of operations, Greenwich Grille, New York City

The classic Sidecar gets the Royale treatment. While any sparkling wine can be used, Champagne is a natural accompaniment for a drink made with two French ingredients, Cognac and Cointreau.

  • 1 lemon wedge (to rim glass)
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (to rim glass)
  • 1½ ounces Cognac
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • Champagne, chilled

Run lemon wedge around rim of martini glass. Pour sugar into dish. Dip moistened edge of glass into sugar to coat rim. Glass can be set in freezer until needed.

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. Shake well, then strain into prepared glass. Top with Champagne.

Published on November 30, 2017
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