A fabulous winter version of the classic sidecar, with blood orange juice!
In the world of cocktails, there are nearly an infinitive variety of cocktails that are offered up to drinkers, but there are some cocktails that are considered great as a foundation for building on. One of these cocktails is the sidecar, one of the simplest of all cocktails, with a spirit, a sour and a sweet all in balance to create a tart, spirit forward cocktail. This simplicity is part of the reason the sidecar is perfect for riffing on, which is how we ended up with our Blood Orange Sidecar!
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The sidecar is one cocktail that any bartender should have in their repertoire as it is an absolute classic having been around since the last days of World War I. Reputed to have been invented by the folks at the Ritz Hotel in Paris where American, French and English soldiers commonly visited for a little R&R. This libation proved to be popular with the soldiers and its popularity carried on to their home countries which helped spread this cocktail to bars all over the world!
Naturally, once a cocktail get to a new location and the locals have a chance to play with it, it starts to take on a life of its own as new variations are created! For our take on the sidecar, The Blood Orange Sidecar, we decided we wanted to use one one of our favorite citrus fruits, the blood orange, to bring a little color and warmth to this traditional sour cocktail. We love the intense orange flavor that blood oranges bring to a cocktail (check out our Blood and Bourbon!) plus the color is just plain gorgeous! Blood oranges also bring a little hint of raspberry flavor in their juice, making for a fun ingredient to use in cocktails!
The Blood Orange Sidecar uses a combination of brandy and rum as the base spirits, both of which pair well with the tartness of fresh citrus. Brandy is the traditional base spirit found in the sidecar, but for this one we wanted to add in a little brown sugar warmth with a splash of rum. Orange liqueur adds a bit more orange flavor while adding a bit of sweetness to balance the tartness of the citrus brought by the blood orange and lime juices.
A beautiful balance of sweet and sour, the Blood Orange Sidecar is a favorite of ours for it simplicity, gorgeous color and elegance. Adding blood orange juice gives a deep rich red color to the drink, making it a striking drink to add to any dinner table.
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Sidecar Recipes
Sidecar – Serious Eats
Elderflower Sidecar – Chowhound
Sparkling Sidecar – Little Bits of
Kentucky Sidecar – White on Rice Couple
Citrus SIdecar – Foodess
Other Blood Orange Recipes
Blood Orange Campari – A Life Well Consumed
Blood Orange Margarita – Supergolden Bakes
Blood Orange and Bourbon – Love and Lemons
Blood Orange Thyme and Gin – Vanilla and Bean
Blood Orange Old Fashioned – SoFab Food
- 1 oz brandy
- 1/2 oz Aged Rum
- 1/2 oz orange liqueur
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Place some ice cubes in a martini glass or a cocktail coupe and allow it to start chilling (dispose of the ice before pouring your cocktail).
- Pour in the rum, brandy, orange liqueur and lime juice and blood orange juice.
- Shake well and strain into the chilled glass.
- Garnish with a slice of blood orange. (If you need this a bit sweeter, you can sugar the rim of your cocktail glass before pouring the cocktail.)
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