Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

This time of year I always look to classic cocktails for inspiration for holiday drinks to serve at parties. Just like with a LBD, I, Ashley of Craft + Cocktails, believe you can’t go wrong with a classic! Once you have a classic recipe down, you can start branching out and make variations on them. By adding in syrups, swapping out juices or even changing the base spirits, you can create a whole new drink without having to start from scratch. To update the Sidecar cocktail, a touch of cranberry adds a compliment to the bright lemon and the orange liqueur and the sugar rim adds a bit of sparkle. Basically, this Cranberry Sidecar is a real crowd pleaser!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

My base recipe for a Sidecar is 2 oz brandy or cognac, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, and a sugar rim. From there you can make you own variations (I am thinking a blood orange version once they hit the markets!) Cognac (or brandy) is not often the bottle people reach for during holiday drinks, but it provides a great base note to build off of with woody herbs and tart, winter fruit. So it works perfectly here! If you are looking for a pretty and tasty drink to whip up for the 1,000’s of holiday parties ahead, this Cranberry Sidecar is just the drink!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

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Ingredients

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

  • 3/4 ounce cranberry simple syrup
  • 2 ounces brandy (VS or VSOP)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 cup sugar

Instructions

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • Add cranberry juice and sugar to a pot.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Take off heat and let cool.
  • Store in a jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

  • Add sugar to a plate with the lemon peel and mix.
  • Run lemon wedge from juiced lemon around the edge of a coupe or martini glass.
  • Rim the glass with the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into the glass.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

It really comes in handy to have a few traditional recipes up your sleeve. I often go to festivities and am asked to whip up some drinks (I never seem to be off duty during the holidays, ha!) I assess what they have and generally it’s not for any one particular cocktail so I reach into my mental “rolodex” of classic drinks recipes and change them a bit to fit with what ingredients I have at hand. It’s a good party trick to have!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

This time of year I always look to classic cocktails for inspiration for holiday drinks to serve at parties. Just like with a LBD, I, Ashley of Craft + Cocktails, believe you can’t go wrong with a classic! Once you have a classic recipe down, you can start branching out and make variations on them. By adding in syrups, swapping out juices or even changing the base spirits, you can create a whole new drink without having to start from scratch. To update the Sidecar cocktail, a touch of cranberry adds a compliment to the bright lemon and the orange liqueur and the sugar rim adds a bit of sparkle. Basically, this Cranberry Sidecar is a real crowd pleaser!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

My base recipe for a Sidecar is 2 oz brandy or cognac, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, and a sugar rim. From there you can make you own variations (I am thinking a blood orange version once they hit the markets!) Cognac (or brandy) is not often the bottle people reach for during holiday drinks, but it provides a great base note to build off of with woody herbs and tart, winter fruit. So it works perfectly here! If you are looking for a pretty and tasty drink to whip up for the 1,000’s of holiday parties ahead, this Cranberry Sidecar is just the drink!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

MY LATEST VIDEOS

Ingredients

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

  • 3/4 ounce cranberry simple syrup
  • 2 ounces brandy (VS or VSOP)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 cup sugar

Instructions

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • Add cranberry juice and sugar to a pot.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Take off heat and let cool.
  • Store in a jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail

  • Add sugar to a plate with the lemon peel and mix.
  • Run lemon wedge from juiced lemon around the edge of a coupe or martini glass.
  • Rim the glass with the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into the glass.

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

It really comes in handy to have a few traditional recipes up your sleeve. I often go to festivities and am asked to whip up some drinks (I never seem to be off duty during the holidays, ha!) I assess what they have and generally it’s not for any one particular cocktail so I reach into my mental “rolodex” of classic drinks recipes and change them a bit to fit with what ingredients I have at hand. It’s a good party trick to have!

Cranberry Sidecar Cocktail by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and lifestyle blog.

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

Comments

    • Ashley said:

      Completely agree – it’s the perfect holiday touch for a cocktail! xo

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