Warming, earthy, sweet and perfect for the Autumn and Winter season. This apple sidecar is a seasonal and delicious twist on a cocktail classic.
When my friend Kelly from Tasting Page contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in a promotion for the new Paris Cocktails book, I was very excited. My task was to create a cocktail inspired by a recipe from the book, with my own twist. Paris Cocktails author Doni Belau is touring the U.S, France and the U.K promoting her book, sharing stories and of course, mixing delicious drinks. To see if Doni is coming to your city, you can check her schedule here.
Based on the original Sidecar and the Ritz Sidecar featured in the book, whiskey was my chosen alcohol for this, but this isn’t just any whiskey. Bastille is a hand-crafted French whiskey from the Cognac region of France (Cognac is used in the original sidecar) and after tasting it’s cinnamon notes and delicate flavor would pair well with all the other ingredients.
Really good apple cider is a must when making this drink because using good quality ingredients is just as important in mixology as cooking food. To make the drink even more seasonal, I added leaves of fresh sage to the shaker for an earthy essence. The original sidecar is made with fresh lemon juice but I used fresh orange juice as a complement to all the other flavors going on and the drink is finished with a touch of freshly grated nutmeg. A classy cocktail that I would not mind enjoying in Paris.
It was purely by coincidence that I have the exact glasses that were used in the cookbook. Retro 1920’s elegant glasses, it was meant to be that this was my chosen cocktail.
Paris Cocktails features more than 100 French-inspired cocktail recipes and can be purchased here.
- 5 ounces whiskey
- 3 ounces fresh orange juice
- 4 ounces good apple cider
- 2 large sage leaves plus 2 small for garnish
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- To a shaker filled with ice add the whiskey, orange liqueur, apple cider and sage leaves.
- Shake for 10 seconds.
- Strain into chilled glasses, grate a little nutmeg and float a sage leaf for garnish.
I received a copy of the Paris Cocktails book for review and supplied the Bastille whiskey. No compensation was received and I will not receive any commission from any book sales. All opinions stated are my own and not influenced by the author, publishers or their affiliates in any way.