Orange zest twist (a lemon zest twist is more classic). Some also like a sugared rim but hopefully, this cocktail's balance renders a sweet rim embellishment superfluous.
How to make:
SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
|1 1/2 fl oz||Cognac (brandy)|
|3/4 fl oz||Triple sec liqueur (40% alc./vol.)|
|1/2 fl oz||Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)|
|1/6 fl oz||Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)|
|1/4 fl oz||Chilled water (omit if using wet ice)|
|4 drop||Saline solution 4:1 (20g sea salt to 80g water)|
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Cognac shines over freshening lemon and orange zestiness. Hopefully, you'll find this recipe perfectly balanced, but those with a sweet tooth may prefer to serve in a glass with a sugar rim - as as become traditional for a Sidecar.
For added complexity, replace the sugar syrup and chilled water in the recipe with 15ml (½oz) Pineau des Charentes blanc.