|via my wife|
In our cocktail explorations, the sidecar and its many variations have been a fun discovery. My recipe from The New York City Bartender's Guide calls for brandy, triple sec and lemon juice in 4:2:2 proportion. Most of the brandy we had on hand was congac, not as sweet as our lower shelf brand but certainly nice. The drink itself is sweet but with plenty of tart from the lemon. The flavor reminds me a little of baby asprin, though more pleasant, of course.
Brandy is dangerous. It's a bit like drinking candy. In fact, it occurred to me after experimenting with it that perhaps the flavors of many hard candies are meant to taste like brandy. Don't get me wrong, I like the stuff but I think it's good to be reminded with liquor that one is drinking alcohol.
Drink responsibly, folks!