I love this time of the year. All the awards shows and all the fashion, which is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite drink while you enjoy the looks and acceptance speeches.
I was introduced to the Side Car by a friend during an event that was recently held at a local bar. I wasn’t sure what was in the drink but I’m always willing to try something new. Well…I must say that I love this drink. It slightly reminds me of a really smooth margarita, but that special kiss of sugar on the rim of the glass just takes it over the top.
When I like a drink I have to learn how to make them so I can have a reason for a girls night… Drinks and Movies!!! So, the Side Car was no exception, I had to learn how to make them. They are super simple and guess what? Only 3 ingredients, Cognac(or Brandy), Cointreau and Lemon Juice. Simple but yet delicious! So delicious, you have to be careful! And remember Don’t Drink and Drive!
While you’re sipping on Side Cars, nibble on some Sweet N’ Spicy Cashews. Another easy recipe and a perfect after dinner snack while you’re watching the performances on the Grammy’s. I’m looking forward to seeing Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani, Rihanna with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, Usher and Pharrell Williams.
What are you sipping and nibbling on while you watch the Grammys? If you haven’t already planned it out, try these recipes and let me know what you think!
Recipe: The Sidecar Cocktail
The Sidecar is simplicity itself: Just mix fresh lemon juice, Cointreau, and cognac (or brandy). Shake with ice, and serve in a cocktail glass. If you want to be traditional, you can sugar the rim of the glass.
This recipe makes one drink.
· 1 ounce fresh lemon juice (freshly squeezed is a must for this drink)
· 1 ounce Cointreau (you can substitute another triple sec, but Cointreau is preferable)
· 1 to 2 ounces cognac (or brandy; nothing too expensive — a moderately priced VSOP like St. Remy or Raynal works well)
· Optional: Sugar for coating the rim of the glass; or lemon twist or orange slice garnish
Preparation and Serving
1. If you want to garnish the glass rim with sugar, wet the outside of the rim with lemon juice. Dip the outside of the rim in sugar, and swirl glass to coat.
2. For the drink, combine lemon juice, Cointreau, and cognac in a cocktail shaker that is half filled with ice. Shake well for 20 – 30 seconds.
3. Strain mixture into the cocktail glass. If you don’t sugar the rim, you could garnish with a lemon twist or orange slice.
Spicy ‘n Spicy Roasted Cashews
Yield: about 2 cups
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Heaping 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- A pinch of allspice
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups whole, salted cashews
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the nuts out in an even layer. Place the nuts in the oven and toast for about 5-7 minutes, until fragrant. Remove immediately and allow to cool slightly. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, allspice, and cayenne pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey and vegetable oil. Add the spices to the honey mixture and whisk well to combine. Add the cashews, and toss well to coat.
Spread the coated nuts into a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, removing from the oven every 5 minutes to stir and check on them (nuts burn easily!). Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
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