I'll be watching this year's Academy Awards from a friend's couch, but I've found the perfect drink to sip while getting dolled up for the affair. As a fan of the original sidecar, I couldn't miss the opportunity to try out a sparkling variation of the classic. This version contains all the elements of a traditional sidecar — brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon — but a splash of seltzer and a coarse sugar-coated rim give it an ethereal lift. The beverage itself contains little sugar, so the candylike rim adds a welcome sweetness. With its gilt hue, it's the ideal tipple to serve at an Oscars viewing party. For a cocktail that's worthy of its own golden statue, keep reading.
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Coarse sugar (for added color, I used Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Sugar)
- Combine cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.
- Moisten the rim of a tumbler and dip in coarse sugar; fill with ice.
- Shake the drink well, then strain into the glass. Fill to the top with seltzer.
Makes 1 drink.