The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Era Cocktail

It’s a speakeasy favorite cocktail

Simple. Elegant. Delicious. Three words that pretty much sum up this fantastic, simple Prohibition Era Sidecar cocktail recipe.

Prohibition Era Classic Sidecar Recipe

Classic and simple. That’s how we describe the Sidecar cocktail. With only three ingredients and a sweet garnish, it’s not surprising that this classic cocktail was a speakeasy favorite.

The Sidecar is one of the most iconic cocktails of the Prohibition era, and is probably one of the most simple. It didn’t require any fancy ingredients that were hard to find or acquire; all it needed was Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. The cocktail was strong, simple, and delicious, and we can continue to sip on them today.

If you are new to the world of Cognac cocktails here’s a bit of a heads up: Cognac has a very strong taste. It’s a liquor you are meant to sip, not shoot back, and the good stuff comes with a price tag.

Cognac can easily overpower [and overwhelm] a cocktail if done incorrectly, but this Sidecar recipe gets the blend just right. The citrus of Cointreau and fresh lemon juice help to mellow out the strong alcohol taste of the Cognac. The sugar on the rim is also an added bonus.

With a cocktail this elegant looking, it’s important to keep your glassware in mind. For the Sidecar cocktail, most bartenders will use either a coupe or cocktail glass. I have a preference using the coupe, because I love its shape and sophistication, but a sugar rimmed cocktail glass is always a classic option.

This is how you make this classic Sidecar cocktail!

 

Sidecar Cocktail

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Rim for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside.

Sidecar Cocktail: Add Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Then, strain into a chilled sugar rimmed coupe or cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 282 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 29.8 Carbohydrates (g) 4.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 2.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

 
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Classic Black Russian Cocktail

Originals are sometimes more classic

This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap.

This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in a classic nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in your bedtime drink.

As the original “Russian” cocktail, the Black Russian has quite the history behind it. The cocktail was developed in the 1940s by Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, when he created the drink for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg.

Mesta was known as “the hostess with the mostes” for throwing some of the best parties in Washington D.C. It was at these parties where she supposedly served Black Russians to her guests. Thanks to Mesta, the Black Russian took off in popularity and soon after its sister cocktail, The White Russian, was born.

The Black Russian is considered a classic vodka cocktail. In fact, only the Black Russian is listed as official in the Contemporary Classics section, while the White Russian is listed as a variation of the drink recipe. Both variations are categorized as digestifs, also known as after dinner cocktails.

Traditionally, this cocktail contained five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. The vodka was then poured over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and then topped with the coffee liqueur. Today, there is much more liberty with the ratios of ingredients use. Take advantage of this and create the perfect cocktail to suit your palate.

Want to try something a little different with your Black Russian? Pinterest is full of flavor variations for the Black Russian. There are even variations of this cocktail where whiskey and stout are substituted for vodka. We haven’t tried them that way yet, but if it looks good we say try it!

This is how you make this classic Black Russian cocktail recipe!

 

Black Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Black Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass, and add a few ice cubes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 167 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

Classic Black Russian, the perfect 2 ingredient after dinner cocktail

 

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Perfect White Russian Cocktail Recipe

Simplicity can be so satisfying

With only 3 ingredients, this classic nightcap will have you saying, “Ваше здоровье!” – That means ‘To your health’ in Russian.

This classic White Russian cocktail is the perfect 3-ingredient after dinner nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. And this simple, 3-ingredient White Russian cocktail is the perfect cocktail to add to your list of favorite nightcaps.

The White Russian cocktail has an interesting history. Father of the “Russian” cocktails, Gustave Tops, created the cocktail back in the late 1940’s for Perle Mesta, then U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. It was later popularized [and saved from near extinction] thanks to the movie The Big Lebowski, where The Dude throws back several White Russians throughout the movie.

The simplicity of its ingredients makes the White Russian the perfect little nightcap. There are many different flavor variations for it as well. Pinterest is filled with flavored White Russians from classic Vanilla all the way to Pumpkin Spice White Russians.

Many classic recipes for the White Russian use a coffee liqueur like Kahlua. I recommend Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa for its hints of chocolatey flavor and jazzier taste. Other ways you can mix it up is to substitute milk or Baileys Original Irish Cream for the heavy cream.

Cream or milk-based cocktails aren’t for everyone. Sometimes they can upset stomachs, and add extra calories to your cocktails that you may want to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight or don’t want a hangover. But lucky for you this lovely cocktail has a creamless alternative: The Black Russian.

This is how you make this perfect White Russian cocktail recipe!

 

White Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ Ounce Heavy Cream
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Perfect White Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with heavy cream and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 7.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 27 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

Classic White Russian, the perfect 3 ingredient after dinner nightcap

 

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How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.

 

Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

 
 
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This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

Making a Classic Mint Mojito

The Muddle. The Liquor. and The Bubbly

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink in this summer heat.

Classic Mojito Recipe

Mojitos. This Cuban delight owes it’s popularity much to -believe it or not- the Prohibition era when Americans set their sights on Havana’s beachy nightclubs to satisfy the need for a Night Cap. Here is where the Mojito became the sophisticated little concoction they are today.

Before this, mojitos were made by Cuban farmers from barely palatable rum that required sugar, lime, and mint just to mask the taste. In Havana, the mojito got dressed up in a tall glass with ice and carbonated water to wow American vacation goers and rum smugglers alike.

They are some of the most popular cocktails ordered at bars, and your bartender might hate you a little bit for asking for one. The Reason? This delicious Cuban drink is a bit time-consuming to make and can have a messy cleanup.

We put together this version of a classic mint mojito using El Dorado White Rum, fresh mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because it’s fancier than regular club soda] and our homemade simple syrup.

Go ahead and venture from this recipe if you like and add more lime juice, syrup, or mint for added flavor. Customizing your drink to taste is key.

 

Classic Mint Mojito

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Spoon or Muddler

 

Preparation

Classic Mint Mojito: At the bottom of a glass, gently muddle about 8 mint leaves and simple syrup together with a muddler or long spoon. Add ice to glass. Next, add lime juice, white rum, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain over ice. Top with San Pellegrino sparkling water [or club soda]. Garnish with mint sprig, cheers!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 24 Carbohydrates (g) 24 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23.5 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 30

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

 
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