As I was considering a more classic rather than contemporary cocktail recipe for today, this heading in Imbibe Magazine really got my attention. "If you like a Sidecar, you'll love the Olympic."
Matter of fact, I do like a Sidecar - a lot! Could be because it's a tasty, really simple drink with only 3 ingredients - Cognac, lemon juice and Cointreau, and because it looks great in a stem glass.
Or it could be because it involves one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies - Auntie Mame. After a raging cocktail party the night before, Mame wakes up and instructs her nephew Patrick to "run along to Ito (the domestic worker) and tell him to bring me a light breakfast - black coffee and a Sidecar."
Oh the glamour of days gone by - Sidecars for breakfast. Seriously, what I like about this variation is the Clement Creole Shrubb - a vibrant orange rhum-based liqueur infused with Creole spices.
The Olympic Cocktail
2 oz. VSOP Cognac
1 oz. fresh orange juice
3⁄4 oz. Clement Creole Shrubb
2 dashes Fee Bros. orange bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Combine ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker and shake well; strain into a chilled glass.