My grandfather loved Sidecars, me not so much, but to be fair he said his first sidecar was made for him by the love of his life, who turned out to be my grandmother. A romantic story about cocktails, which is the best kind of romantic story in my opinion, so this one is for my grandparent on their 50th wedding anniversary. Cheers, and go fall in love.
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 lemon wedge
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Cognac or Armagnac
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Triplum or your favorite triplesec liqueur
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 cup ice
Spread superfine sugar on small plate. Rub lemon wedge halfway around rim of chilled martini or coupe glass. Dip moistened side of glass in sugar to lightly coat outside rim of glass. Set aside.
In cocktail shaker, combine Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared martini or coupe glass and serve.