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LV Recommends: Pullman’s Sidecar


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Cognac, cointreau and lemon juice. Who said three’s a crowd? —photo by Adam Burke

I discovered cognac in midtown Manhattan, where — to make a reporting assignment on the latest and greatest in spa technology more enjoyable, and to take full advantage of a journalist-seducing open bar at the annual Spa and Wellness Show — I ordered a Courvoisier. (Say it aloud; it’s a perfect word.)

I loved the smooth French brandy, and I went after it the way any just-turned-21 drinker would: by drinking it in painfully hip, contemporary “speakeasies,” where it most often appears in the Sidecar.

The Sidecar is a deceptively simple cocktail: either a one-to-one-to-one ratio of cognac, cointreau and lemon juice (for the French version), or a two-to-one-to-one ratio (for the English take). At Pullman, where you can find the best Sidecar in Iowa City, the recipe calls for 2 ounces of cognac, 3/4 ounce of cointreau and 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, plus a slightly unorthodox teaspoon of simple syrup.

The bartender shakes everything up with some ice and strains it into a coupe glass — a process just long enough for you to witness the whole spectacle of your neighbor pouring bacon-flavored bourbon down a hollowed out beef bone luge into his mouth (and onto his pants).

This article was originally published in Little Village issue 180


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