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Make yourself a Sidecar Cocktail as the air turns crisp and cold. Cognac is always good for sipping by the fire after a big dinner, isn’t it?

The sidecar cocktail is a simple concoction, but still amazingly interesting. The fruitiness and elegance of Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac make it a very versatile product, since its fresh and gentle aromas complement perfectly other ingredients without being overpowering. Merlet Trois Citrus is a combination of maceration and distillation of different citruses varieties: bitter orange, blood orange and lemon (I used it instead of another Triple Sec liquer or in the place of Cointreau). Those two alcoholic ingredients are so “thirsty” for the fresh lemon juice, that the final result is really interesting. Here is the recipe for a Sidecar Cocktail:


  • 45 ml (1½ oz) Merlet Cognac
  • 20 ml (¾ oz) Cointreau or Merlet Trois Citrus liquer
  • 20 ml (¾ oz) fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist, or a simple orange peel. If you press the orange peel over the glass in order to  spray some of its oils, you will give a very interesting and flavorful touch in this simple but famous cocktail. Optionally, you can coat the rim of the glass with sugar. (Do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and remain on the glass.)