Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for cognac soaked dried cherries! We drank so many sidecars I was a wee bit hungover the next morning, but they tasted so good I didn’t care. Sidecars with dried cherries and crackers is an excellent way to spend an evening.
I urge you to make these drinks with your friends. Heck, make them with your enemies and they might become your friends. We made the sidecars exactly as directed and they were delightful.
We also made the crackers and they were delicious as well. I only decided to make the crackers because 1) they looked easy, which they were and 2) so we would have something to soak up the alcohol, which they did. It seemed kind of dumb to make crackers since you can buy such yummy crackers, (cracked pepper triscuit I am looking at you) but these were absolutely worth making. Also, the recipe says to use a stand mixer, but we didn’t have one, so I made them in a bowl with a wooden spoon and they turned out just fine.
We made the crackers before we made the sidecars and I highly recommend this order, since you should never drink a bunch of cocktails before going into the kitchen. My friends and I would never do such a thing. You should also never drink a bunch of cocktails, then remember that you were supposed to take pictures of the cocktails, then make another batch of cocktails then take the pictures.
Okay, so we did do that part about forgetting to take pictures. The woman holding the lamp is Christine. She is in charge of our money. And holding the lamp. If you need someone to look after your money you should hire Christine since she is very, very, very good with money. And she is also good at drinking sidecars then holding a table lamp. Our Christine has many talents.
Make these sidecars with dried cherries and crackers with your friends, you won’t regret it.
- Juice of 1 lemon for sugaring the glasses
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 6 ounces good Cognac, divided
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 3 ounces Grand Marnier liqueur
To sugar the glass rims, pour the juice of 1 lemon into a shallow bowl and put the sugar on a small plate. Dip the rim of 2 highball or martini glasses first in the lemon juice and then in the sugar. Set them aside to dry.
In a small bowl, combine the dried cherries with 2 ounces of the Cognac and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Set aside.
Combine the 3 ounces of lemon juice with the remaining 4 ounces of Cognac, the Grand Marnier, and 1 teaspoon of the marinated cherry liquid. Fill a cocktail shaker three-quarters full with ice and pour in the cocktail mixture. Shake the mixer for a full 30 seconds (it’s longer than you think!) and strain into the prepared glasses either straight up or over ice. Thread 3 or 4 marinated cherries on small skewers and serve each drink ice cold with a skewer of cherries.
Copyright 2012, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved