Chelsea Sidecar
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Chelsea Sidecar
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.23 / 5
A variant on the classic Sidecar, this one uses gin instead of the cognac/brandy base. A variant on the classic Sidecar, this one uses gin instead of the cognac/brandy base.
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Base ingredient
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Dry gin
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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26.55% | 3 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Chelsea Sidecar, swapping gin into the traditional cognac role, brings a vibrant twist to the classic Sidecar. With the botanical crispness of the gin cutting through the sweet, citrus harmony of triple sec and lemon juice, this drink offers a refreshingly sharp yet balanced flavor profile.

Method
How to make a Chelsea Sidecar

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

GARNISHING_TIPS

What is the ideal garnish for a Chelsea Sidecar?

The ideal garnish for a Chelsea Sidecar is typically a twist of lemon peel or a thin round slice of lemon placed on the rim of the glass. This enhances the citrus aroma and adds to the overall presentation of the cocktail.

FAQ

How does the Chelsea Sidecar differ from a classic Sidecar?

The Chelsea Sidecar is essentially a variation of the classic Sidecar cocktail. The main difference lies in the proportions of the ingredients and sometimes the choice of citrus. While both drinks feature a base of triple sec, lemon juice, and a spirit, the Chelsea Sidecar often uses dry gin as its spirit instead of the traditional cognac found in a classic Sidecar. These adjustments lead to a gin-forward flavor profile with a distinct crispness compared to the richer, brandy-based original.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the dry gin with another type of gin in a Chelsea Sidecar?

Yes, you can substitute the dry gin with another type of gin in a Chelsea Sidecar, depending on your taste preferences. However, keep in mind that using a different gin, such as an Old Tom or a London Dry, will slightly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail. Each type of gin brings its own nuances, so feel free to experiment to find your preferred combination.

FAQ

Is the Chelsea Sidecar suitable for those new to gin cocktails?

Yes, the Chelsea Sidecar can be an excellent introduction for those new to gin cocktails due to its balanced blend of citrus and sweetness, which can help mitigate the botanical intensity of gin. Its smooth, refreshing taste makes it accessible even to those who may not typically opt for gin-based drinks.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

What is the significance of the alcohol content in the Chelsea Sidecar?

The alcohol content of 26.55% in the Chelsea Sidecar signifies it as a moderately strong cocktail. This level of alcohol content ensures that the drink is potent enough to be enjoyed as a classic cocktail, allowing the flavors of the gin and triple sec to shine through without overpowering the delicate balance with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. It's perfect for sipping slowly and savoring.

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