Apple Sidecar

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by Raul Faria

Apple Sidecar is #14 in our mission to recreate all the classic cocktails in the Joy of Mixology book by Gaz Regan. It’s a fun twist on the original side car utilizing Vodka and Clear Creek Apple Brandy in place of Cognac and adds some tangerine (mandarin) juice to go along with the usual lemon juice. People who want a sweeter Sidecar with more of a lush citrus vibe will dig this cocktail. Wanna make one?

1) First lets get our tools together; we are gonna need our Boston Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer, a jigger with a 1 oz and .5 oz measure and a chilled 8-10 oz cocktail (martini)  glass. For our prep we will need a Double-Strainer, citrus press, fine zester pairing knife and a cutting board. Our shopping list will include Vodka of your choice, Clear Creek Apple Brandy, Lemons, Tangerines (Mandarins), and sugar.

2) Lets get our prep out of the way first-

Lemon Juice- Cut our lemons and squeeze them with our citrus press into a vessel like a mixing glass or measuring cup. Now run that juice through our Double-Strainer or fine mesh strainer. Store in a squeeze bottle or other container for use later.

Tangerine (Mandarin) Zest-Take a tangerine and run a fine zester over the top of the fruit, removing only the colored part, leaving behind the pith.

Tangerine (Mandarin) Juice- Cut our tangerines and squeeze them with our citrus press into a vessel like a mixing glass or measuring cup. Now run that juice through our Double-Strainer or fine mesh strainer. Store in a squeeze bottle or other container for use later.

Simple Syrup- Now if you don’t have simple syrup ready to go and don’t wanna buy a pre made bottled brand, just make it yourself. Simply combine 50/50 sugar and water then stir until blended. Easy money. Now I prefer mine with a 60/40 sugar to HOT water ratio and I’ll reduce it for about 10 minutes, allow it to cool, then I’ll store it for use later. This makes it a bit more syrupy and viscous and I think the texture holds up to a shake better. Go with what works for you though 🙂

3) Now that our prep is all out of the way, let’s get our sugar rim ready. Take a small plate and pour some sugar on it. Next run a lemon wedge or even one of the already squeezed lemon halves around the rim of the glass. Submerge the moistened glass rim into the sugar we laid out on the plate. Done.

4) Let’s get 1 oz of our simple syrup in the mixing glass portion of the Boston Shaker.

5) Next up let’s add 1 oz lemon juice to the glass.

6) Time to add the .5 oz of tangerine juice. This little touch really adds a lush, fruity, citrus vibe to the finished product.

7) Lets add 1.5 oz of Vodka. Go with what you dig.

8) We are going to add .5 oz of Clear Creek Apple Brandy. In the book Gaz calls for specifically this brand of Apple Brandy and I definitely agree with him. It’s worth keeping an eye out for. If you can’t find it feel free to sub Apple Jack or maybe even a Calvados.

9) Now that all the ingredients are in the glass, add ice and shake. Slap our Hawthorne Strainer onto the mixing tin and strain into our glass. Garnish with a pinch of that Tangerine zest we made earlier. Enjoy!

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