Apple Sidecar- 1 1/2 oz. Apple Brandy, 3/4 oz. key lime juice, 1/2 oz. Citronge

24 Aug

I spotted some key limes at the store the other day and couldn’t resist. Found the recipe from a cocktail book I picked up on a recent trip to Seattle (more reviews of their craft cocktail scene to follow) and thought it would be a great fit for the little limes.

1 1/2 oz. Apple Brandy (Clear Creek)
3/4 key lime juice
1/2 orange liqueur (Patron Citronge)

Shake with ice. Double strain.

The drink has a tart granny-smith green apple nose despite the fact Clear Creek uses Golden Delicious for their excellent brandy. This is most likely due to the sharpness and crispness from the key limes. I have really enjoyed using the Citronge for my orange liqueur as it is very complex with bergamot and jasmine notes, though also quite sweet, which is why I cut back on its proportion for this recipe (most sidecars call for a 1-1-1 ratio of brandy [or Cognac]-lemon juice-Cointreau). Overall the drink is a nice summertime cocktail, refreshing, flavorful yet light, and sure to be repeated.

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