Sidecar #3,658

I was griping just the other day about how my cocktail of the day calendar repeats drinks. Today's recipe is yet another variation on a sidecar. In honor of Greek Independence Day the version today uses Metaxa, the Greek brandy. That seems to be a favorite of the calendar's author; she's called for it a couple times already. Or maybe just once and it seems like a couple times.

The recipe calls for Metaxa, Grand Marnier (a whole ounce), lemon juice, orange juice, superfine sugar, and the secret ingredient, cassis. Instead of the sugar I threw in a half ounce of simple syrup.

Verdict: sweet but good. The cassis really adds a secret ingredient undertone to the drink, and there's a bit of astringency on the back of my throat from the lemon juice. I'm not a big fan of Metaxa (though I love Retsina, another Greek brew that people love to hate, especially with grilled foods). I might use another brandy next time. And leave out the sugar/simple syrup. Whenever a recipe calls for 'fresh squeezed orange juice', first I cringe, then I reach for the 'not from concentrate' juice that has more sugar in it than the real stuff.

You should try this sidecar. Toast Lord Byron. "Man, being reasonable, must get drunk. The best of life is but intoxication."