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Sidecars with Dried Cherries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 drinks
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Ingredients

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 

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dried cherries with 2 ounces of the Cognac and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Set aside.
  3. 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.