Welcome back to our weekly Thirsty Thursday Blog! This week we are featuring a drink that some of you may not know, but you can get it at any bar you frequent. I first discovered the drink while watching a TV show (Gilmore Girls; I know what you’re thinking) and have since ordered it at quite a few different bars and restaurants. Some have been outstanding, while others not so good. This week’s featured beverage is the Sidecar.
Like every week, I started thinking about what I was going to write about by looking up drinks to find ones with a great history and a connection to a wonderful travel location. I asked my husband what he thought I should write about, and he geniusly suggested the Sidecar.
For those of you who don’t know a Sidecar consists of Cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. There is a hefty debate, still to this day, on what ratio each plays in the drink. For the first time ever I actually lean toward more lemon juice, less alcohol. The drink is strong; it’s like a martini but with more alcohol. The original recipe calls for a 1:1:1 mix, but I prefer a 1:1:2 ratio. Some recipes even call for 2 parts Cognac and 1 part of the orange liqueur and the lemon juice. I guess you’ll have to just have a get together this week and try out the different options yourself.
Now that we know how to make the drink let’s look at its history and how that connects to travel. This potent beverage was created around the end of the First World War, and like most cocktails it’s past is debated. It was literally named after the motorcycle attachment and first began to appear in literature in the early 20th century. One claim suggests that the origin of the Sidecar comes from the Ritz Hotel in Paris. A very well-known cocktail guide called Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails cites Pat MacGarry of the Buck’s Club in London as the creator, but it later cites Harry MacElhone himself at the Ritz in Paris. So, although its past is debated even by one of the creators himself, it does lead us to two fabulous travel destinations.
When travelling to Europe both destinations are a dream. Whether you love food, wine, art, history or endless excursion possibilities both cities are the perfect travel destination. Plus because they are rather close to each other it is possible to visit them both in one trip. I have been to both Paris and London and loved every second I spent in these world famous cities. My favorite part of Paris was the food. I have never had better meals, even street food, in my life than I had in Paris. London on the other hand was an exciting city for the history lover in me. I loved seeing the Parliament building as well as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Overall these are great locations in which you can enjoy your new favorite drink—the Sidecar.
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