Mid-Week Cocktail: Blood Orange-Rosemary Sidecar

So, we’re all sick of wine, right? Let’s make a cocktail!

I love sidecars, and I’ve been experimenting with variations of them. There’s something about brandy as a base booze that just makes a great cocktail; I think it’s that it tastes so rich! The classic sidecar is 1.5 oz brandy, 1 oz triple sec, and .5 oz lemon juice. For this recipe, I replaced the triple sec with rosemary simple syrup (and a splash of triple sec, if you want a sweeter cocktail) and the lemon juice with blood orange juice. I wanted to keep the same proportions on everything, but I ended up tweaking them slightly as we experimented. I had one friend who preferred a sweeter and fruitier cocktail, so I reduced the rosemary simple syrup and upped the triple sec and blood orange juice in hers- feel free to switch up the proportions to suit your tastes!

You will need:

Rosemary Simple Syrup (make this by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and a few sprigs of rosemary, bringing the mixture to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved, removing from heat, and allowing to cool. Then, refrigerate!)

Blood Orange Juice 

Brandy (I used a pretty cheap mid-shelf E & J brandy)

Triple Sec

Cocktail Shaker & Glasses


For each cocktail:

1.5 oz brandy

.75 oz blood orange juice

.75 oz rosemary simple syrup

splash of triple sec

Combine the brandy, blood orange juice, and simple syrup in a shaker full of ice. Shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and float a little triple sec on top.

cocktail 2

And there you have it: an easy cocktail to impress your friends! 

(Okay, squeezing all the blood orange juice is not easy, but it’s worth it.)


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