Beating the Heat: Sidecar

It’s been really hot here, which of course means we’ve been drinking lots of cold cocktails. One of my favorite drinks is a Sidecar – cognac, bourbon, or rye depending on my mood. Now, it’s not the summeriest of drinks, but it is refreshing, and as we ran out of gin last night I decided to experiment with the bottle of dried lavender buds we just got at Penzey’s Spices. The result? A very tasty Lavender Sidecar. Still searching for a good name. Any suggestions?

Lavender Sidecar:

2 oz Cognac (or bourbon or rye if you prefer)

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz Cointreau

1/2 tsp. dried lavender

Shake all ingredients thoroughly in a cocktail shaker and let sit for 10 minutes so the lavender can infuse. Add ice, shake til your fingers stick to the shaker and strain into a cold glass. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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