These days, I am fascinated with the idea of the speakeasy – those dark, illicit drinking establishments that sprung up in basements everywhere during the Prohibition era. There’s something romantic about sipping forbidden cocktails in secret. The sidecar is a cocktail that first appeared around the end of World War I; it was named for an army captain who liked to be driven to the bar in a motorcycle sidecar. Speakeasy bartenders couldn’t get their hands on the good booze, so they used sweet juice to cover up the taste. Luckily for us, quality liquor is legal and available. Make yourself one of these and let yourself be transported back to the Age of Jazz.

Hennessy Sidecar recipe

The Hennessy Sidecar

  • 1 oz. Hennessy cognac
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a drink shaker with ice. Shake well until mixed. Pour into a sugar rimmed cocktail glass. Cheers!

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