Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Henry Jones Sidecar

Laura was not only our hostess for the Sidecar Soiree, she made one of the evening's best drinks. Here's the way Laura described her sidecar, The Henry Jones: 
My drink was a decedent, feminine twist to the classic sidecar.  I wanted to evoke the warmth and the simplicity of the original, but add a creamy and seductive component.  The meringue topping's vanilla aroma gave the sidecar a new, soft, luxurious layer.  It's a familiar smell that beckons all around it to taste.  Much like a woman, it's hard to put your lips on it once.
The name, by the way comes from the father of Indiana Jones, who in the Last Crusade, rode around with Indiana in a sidecar.

Judges tasting notes for the Henry Jones include, "smooth", "cream and orange are classic", "nice classic with a flair", "great presentation", "enjoyed the way the citrus cut through the egg white", "the meringue topping is spectacular - the hint of vanilla at the end is great", and the quote that is certain to make it into the marketing collateral, "the alcoholics lemon meringue!"

1 oz Cognac
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 oz Pasteurized Egg Whites
1 tbs Powered Sugar
1/4 tsp Cream of Tarter
1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Abstract


1. Fill a martini glass with ice, set aside.

2. Combine cognac, grand marnier and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 5-10 seconds.

3. In a separate chilled bowl, combine egg whites, powdered sugar, cream of tarter and vanilla. Whisk until frothy but still pourable.

4. Take reserved martini glass and dump out ice.
5. Fill empty glass with shaker contents.
6. Top drink with meringue topping.

This drink, particularly the topping, is incredibly tasty and easy to drink. So easy you'll want a few!!

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