This cocktail is essentially a Side Car with with an addition of Luxardo. It is comprised of brandy or cognac, triple sec, lemon juice, and maraschino liqueur.
Having purchased the Luxardo to try the Tuxedo Martini and then the Hemingway Daiquiri Martini, I pulled out my 1999 copy of the William Sonoma Bar Guide, checked the index, and found this cocktail. It’s actually called “The Classic Cocktail” in the book.
Both this cocktail and the Side Car have enjoyed a revival recently… probably from Gatsby and Mad Men.
Regardless, I have never had any interest in brandy or Cognac. While I already had the Cointreau and Luxardo, obtaining the Cognac was not that easy. Evidently it is a highly shoplifted product in our area, so every single bottle was under lock and key in our local Bev Mo… even the cheapest brands. I eventually bought one of those individual airline style bottles of Cognac that was not under lock and key. (This explains why Cognac is not featured in the photo.)
This cocktail is fabulous. Makes me want to break out a flapper dress and a cigarette holder. Fortunately I quit smoking about 100 years ago.
I tried to get a little art deco with my sugar rim… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The Classic Cocktail
3 T brandy or cognac
1 T Cointreau
1 T Luxardo
1 T lemon juice
Sugar and lemon for rim of glass (optional)
- Place a cocktail glass (martini or coupe) into the freezer to chill.
- Place all of the ingredients except the sugar into an ice filled shaker and stir or shake.
- Rub the rim of the frozen glass with lemon juice and dip the rim in sugar.
- Strain the cocktail ingredients into the glass.