Sidecars with Dried Cherries

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  • Total: 5 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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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



  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 rims of 2 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 cognac and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Combine the 3 ounces lemon juice with the remaining 4 ounces 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.