Smoky Sidecar

The cognac or brandy drink named after the motorcycle attachment, with smoked paprika and lemon.

Smoky Sidecar
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Start To Finish Time:
10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 drink

Ingredients

  • 2 lemon halves from Smoked Lemons

  • Purchased smoked sugar or 1 recipe Smoked Brown Sugar

  • 1 recipe Smoked Ice Cubes or ice cubes

  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) cognac or other brandy

  • 2 tablespoon (1 ounce) Cointreau® or other orange liqueur

Smoked Sugar

  • 2 cup wood chips*

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • ½ cup brown sugar cubes

Smoked Ice Cubes

  • cup 2 wood chips (oak, hickory, apple, maple, or pecan)

  • cup 4 ice cubes

Smoked Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar cubes

  • 2 cup wood chips (oak, hickory, apple, maple, or pecan)

Smoked Lemons

  • 2 cup wood chips (oak, hickory, apple, maple, or pecan)

  • 4 4 lemons, halved

Directions

  1. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with one of the Smoked Lemon halves. Dip the rim into a dish of smoked sugar to coat.

  2. Squeeze enough juice from the remaining lemon half to measure 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce).

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with Smoked Ice Cubes. Add the lemon juice, cognac, and Cointreau. Cover and shake until very cold. Strain into the prepared glass filled with additional ice cubes.

Smoked Sugar

  1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using. Place ice cubes in a small disposable foil pan. Place sugar cubes in another small disposable foil pan. Place pan with the sugar cubes on top of pan with the ice.

  2. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Test for medium heat in center of grill. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place stacked pans on grill rack over center of grill. Cover and grill about 30 minutes or until sugar is lightly browned. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to the manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.) Let sugar cool. Crush sugar cubes.

Smoked Ice Cubes

  1. At least one hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

  2. Place ice cubes in a 9x5-inch disposable foil pan. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Test for medium heat in center of grill. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place pan on grill rack over center of grill. Cover and grill for 30 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to the manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.)

  3. Remove pan from grill; cool. Pour water into ice cube trays. Freeze for at least 8 hours or until firm.

Smoked Brown Sugar

  1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

  2. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium coals on one side of the grill. Sprinkle water-soaked wood chips over coals. Place 1 cup brown sugar cubes in a small disposable foil pan on grill rack on the opposite side of the coals. Cover and grill about 15 min or until sugar starts to caramelize on the surface. Remove sugar cubes and cool.

  3. Process the cubes in a food processor until cubes are pulverized.

Smoked Lemons

  1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each lemon half so it will sit flat on the grill; set aside.

  2. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place lemon halves, cut sides up, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill about 20 minutes or until lemons are softened and peels are lightly browned. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to the manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.)

Garnish Suggestion:

Dip the pointed end of a lemon wedge into smoked paprika. Place the lemon wedge on the rim of the glass.

Smoky Sidecar for Eight:

Squeeze enough juice from 6 Smoked Lemon halves to measure 1/2 cup. In a pitcher combine the lemon juice, 2 cups cognac or other brandy, and 1 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur. Serve in rocks glasses filled with Smoked Ice Cubes or ice cubes.

*Tip:

Pick the "flavor" of wood chips you desire--oak, hickory, apple, maple, or pecan. Or the next time you are smoking on the grill, make the smoked sugar for your cocktails.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
13g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Folate, total 3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.