The Locomotive Cocktail

A chilled sidecar cocktail in a coupe glass with a sugared rim on a dark wood table next to a leather seat. This drink is made from cognac, Armagnac, or brandy mixed with an orange liqueur and lemon juice, shaken with ice and strained. Taken in a dark luxurious bar or restaurant.
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Under Los Angeles’ Montage Hotel  is a modern spin on Beverly Hills grandeur. Every inch of the new property is designed to satisfy guests’ needs without sacrificing Old Hollywood’s romance. One of the finest examples of this attention to detail can be found in a martini glass at Parq, the hotel’s restaurant. Smooth, smoky and balanced by citrus, the Locomotive is beverage director Dave Wallace’s twist on the Sidecar.
-Lilly Kuwashima

  • 1 1⁄2 ounces Johnnie Walker Black Label
  • 3⁄4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1⁄4 ounce Cointreau
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lemon twist

Wet half the rim of a chilled martini glass and dip in a plate of sugar. Combine first four ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Published on July 7, 2010