Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

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    Our Valentine’s Day date this year will probably include a homemade dinner and snuggling on the couch. Just because we are spending the holiday at home doesn’t mean we can’t get fancy.

    This year, I’ll be starting dinner with a holiday variation on one of my favorite cocktails. The sidecar is a delicious drink from the days of Prohibition consisting of cognac, Cointreau, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Since this time of year also happens to be the best time for citrus, I decided to switch out the lemon for a blood orange for an even tastier pre-dinner drink.

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    Valentine Sidecar Recipe

    The blood orange is the key ingredient to fancy this cocktail up for V-Day!

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    Servings: 2

    Ingredients:

    • blood oranges: 2
    • red sugar crystals: for the rim of the glass
    • ice: to fill shaker
    • cocktail shaker: 1
    • cognac (or brandy): 3 parts
    • Cointreau: 2 parts
    • Citrus juicer: 1

    Directions:

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    Step 1: Start by cutting your blood oranges in half. Cut two wedges from one of your orange halves. 

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    Step 2: Run your orange wedge along the edge of your glass to wet it. Pour about a tablespoon of sugar into a small bowl and dip the edge of your glass into the sugar to coat.

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    Step 3: Combine in your cocktail shaker a handful of ice, 3 parts cognac, 2 parts Cointreau, and 1 part blood orange juice. Shake vigorously. 

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    Step 4: Strain your drink into your sugared glasses and enjoy. Happy Valentine's Day!

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