Winter Sidecar
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Winter Sidecar
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.6 / 5
A take on the classic sidecar, this delicious number used cognac and cinnamon to help bring a wonderful balance. A take on the classic sidecar, this delicious number used cognac and cinnamon to help bring a wonderful balance.
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Cognac
Garnish
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Rosemary
Alcohol content
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25.04% | 2.88 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Winter Sidecar introduces warm cinnamon and cognac, a pairing that feels like a snug fireside embrace, enhanced by the fresh zing of orange juice. This spicy, fruity concoction will undoubtedly lift spirits during the festive season.

Method
How to make a Winter Sidecar

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Roll the rim of the cocktail glass in some sugar syrup
Once moist, roll the rim in the cinnamon to create a cinnamon rim to the glass
Add the cognac, bianco vermouth and clementine juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into the rimmed cocktail glass
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary to awaken the senses, and serve

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

·  Rim  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake the Winter Sidecar cocktail to achieve the best texture and temperature?

To properly shake the Winter Sidecar, fill a shaker with ice and add the cognac, white vermouth, orange juice, sugar syrup, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This ensures the ingredients are well mixed, chilled to the perfect temperature, and acquire a smooth texture before straining into a cocktail glass.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is recommended for serving the Winter Sidecar, and why?

The Winter Sidecar is traditionally served in a cocktail glass, which helps to concentrate the aromas and flavors, enhancing the overall drinking experience. The elegant shape of the cocktail glass also complements the visual appeal of the drink, making it more inviting.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some creative garnishing ideas for the Winter Sidecar?

For a festive touch, consider rimming the glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before pouring the drink. Additionally, a twist of orange peel or a cinnamon stick can be used as a garnish to accentuate the drink's citrus and spicy notes, providing both visual appeal and a burst of aroma with each sip.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute cognac in the Winter Sidecar with another type of alcohol?

Yes, if cognac is not available, you can substitute it with another type of brandy or even bourbon for a different twist. Brandy will keep the cocktail closer to its original flavor profile, while bourbon will introduce a distinct, slightly sweeter characteristic to the drink.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving the Winter Sidecar?

The Winter Sidecar, with its warming combination of cognac, cinnamon, and citrus, is especially suited for colder months and festive occasions. It's a perfect choice for a cozy night in, holiday gatherings, or winter celebrations, providing a sophisticated and warming cocktail option for your guests.

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