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Sidecars with Dried Cherries

Photo: Quentin Bacon

  • Juice of 1 lemon for sugaring the glasses
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 6 ounces good Cognac (VS not VSOP), divided
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 3 ounces Grand Marnier liqueur
  • Ice

To sugar the glass rims, pour the juice of 1 lemon into a shallow bowl and put the sugar on a small plate. Dip the rim of 2 highball or martini glasses first in the lemon juice and then in the sugar. Set them aside to dry. 

In a small bowl, combine the dried cherries with 2 ounces of the Cognac and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Set aside.

Combine the 3 ounces of lemon juice with the remaining 4 ounces of Cognac, the Grand Marnier, and 1 teaspoon of the marinated cherry liquid. Fill a cocktail shaker three-quarters full with ice and pour in the cocktail mixture. Shake the mixer for a full 30 seconds (it’s longer than you think!) and strain into the prepared glasses either straight up or over ice. Thread 3 or 4 marinated cherries on small skewers and serve each drink ice cold with a skewer of cherries. 

Copyright 2012, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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