Ever since we moved to the South End, we’ve been dining out at least once a week (so many great restaurants to try!) and I’ve gotten on quite the cocktail kick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a chilled glass of white wine but there’s just something about a cold, refreshing cocktail on a hot day. And more recently, I’ve been on a gin cocktail kick. So many delicious options! When making cocktails at home, I love using Empress 1908 Gin. It’s delicious and the color is spectacular, making it fun to mix up new cocktails. One of my new go-to cocktails? The gin sidecar.
The gin sidecar is super easy to make and is such a delicious, refreshing cocktail to enjoy on hot summer days. It’s now one of my favorite drinks to mix up and serve when we have friends over.
Gin Sidecar Recipe
All you need to stir up a gin sidecar is four simple ingredients!
- Gin – For the gin sidecar, I like to use Empress 1908 Gin, which gives the drink a fun color but any gin will do! (Empress 1908 Gin did send me two bottles of their gin to try!) If you want to try Empress, too, you can locate your closest liquor store that carries it here!
- Cointreau – A clear, orange-flavored liquor.
- Fresh Lemon Juice – I tried making this recipe with both store bought lemon juice and fresh lemon juice and the later is definitely much better! If I am in a pinch, I will use the store bought lemon juice since we usually have it on hand.
- Simple Syrup – Adds a touch of sweetness to the cocktail! I use store bought but making it at home is super easy.
3 oz. gin
1 1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 1/2 oz. lemon juice
4 tsp. simple syrup
Sugar for rim (optional)
Lemon twist garnish (optional)
(makes two cocktails)
Empress 1908 Gin
If you haven’t heard of Empress 1908 Gin yet, you are missing out! Empress is a small-batch gin made in copper pot stills in Victoria, British Columbia. The liquor is a collaboration between Victoria Distributors and the Fairmont Express Hotel and on top of traditional botanicals, it’s also made with a signature blend of black tea and butterfly pea blossom, which gives the gin it’s incredible taste and flavor.
The eight natural botanicals in Empress 1908 Gin:
- Butterfly Pea Blossom
- Fairmont Empress Tea
- Grapefruit Peel
- Coriander Seed
- Cinnamon Bark
- Rose Petal
- Ginger Root
How to Make A Gin Sidecar
Once you’ve purchased all of your ingredients, you’ll want to follow the following method to make the delicious and refreshing cocktail.
Step One – Add the gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup to your cocktail shaker
Step Two – Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled
Step Three – Strain cocktail into your glass
Step Four – Enjoy!
How to Make Simple Syrup at Home
If you want to make your simple syrup at home instead of store bought, use the following recipe!
Add equal parts water and equal parts sugar to a saucepan over medium heat (I usually use one cup of each!). Stir until the sugar is melted then let mixture cool to room temperature before using.