**Side Car Family**

Learning to Drink by Family - The Side Car:

Oh cocktails, how you do me so right. There are so many incredible compositions of flavor that often it is hard to decide where to start. We here at El Dorado offer up a selection of our favorite cocktails we have savored over the years. But where do all these delicious concoctions stem from? Well my friends, here is one delicious family that is a staple root in the cocktail family tree. According to David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, it is one of the six basic cocktails.

Coincidently, I believe it was the cunning Matthew Stanton who shook up my first Sidecar. Hopefully it was on a super busy night where the last thing he wanted to do was mix up a precision cocktail rather than dump me a shot glass full of Jameson. Regardless of the situation, he crafted it perfectly as always, crossing all the t’s and dotting the… lower case j’s.

The Sidecar is a real thing of beauty. Composed of Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, I find it faster to take one of these things down then to prepare it (Maybe that’s a different issue : /). Here at El Dorado we use the following specifications for this wonderful work of art:

- 1 1/2 oz. Cognac

- 1 oz. Cointreau

- 1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice

- Shake and strain into a chilled sour glass

- Lemon twist (sugar rim on request)

So what’s the big deal about this cocktail family? Not a cognac fan? Prefer the “beachy cocktails” in the San Diego sun? Well aren’t you in luck. Because lying under the Sidecar Family umbrella is the Margarita. BAM. See what I did there? Beach… Umbrella… Sun… Margarita… Quite possibly the most famous tequila cocktail. Nothing quite beats a sunny San Diego sunset with a freshly (and properly) made Margarita. So how are these cocktails at all related? What makes a cocktail a part of the Sidecar Family? I thought you’d never ask.

This family strips down ingredients and proportions. The proportions of both cocktails (and of Sidecar Family cocktails) consist of 1 1/2 oz. of the base spirit (Cognac/Tequila), 1 oz of orange liquor (Cointreau/Grand Marnier), and 1/2 oz of lemon (with lime partially and sometimes fully replacing lemon). The cocktail is garnished with a sugared rim versus a salted rim. By only swapping out a few of the ingredients you are tweaking the flavor and appearance dramatically while keeping the overall structure and integrity of the cocktail.

So be it a social night with close friends sipping down classic Sidecars or a relaxing day on the beach watching the waves over Margaritas, this family will no doubt open up your eyes to a tasty realm of cocktails! In fact, I’m going to stroll behind the bar right now and mix up one of my favorite variations developed by Anthony Schmidt of Noble Experiment : The Rogue Monk. Here is the recipe… if any one asks you didn’t get it from me:

- 1 1/2 oz. Scotch

- 1 oz. Benedictine

- 1/2 oz. Lemon

- Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

- Shake and strain into a chilled Sour glass

- Lemon Twist garnish


Learning to Drink by Family Volume 2

Author: Steven Tuttle (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge)

Editor: Justin F. Fortier (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, The Industry Research Group)


Welcome to the Family

Learning to Drink by Family:

The end of Winter often brings about many changes. Shortened nights and warmer weather often allows us to get out and enjoy the world after being dormant during the cold months. Fortunately, this also brings us together to enjoy the company of family. And historically involves the enjoyment of fine adult beverages (aka cocktails) to welcome the warm weather to come.

Like spring, family can have different meanings varying by person and circumstance. For some of us family means our parents and siblings. For others it involves the loyalty and intimacy associated with close friends and relations. Still, for others (usually the more scientific) it means a group of related things. It makes sense that science would adopt the term family since so much of science is based on progression and building upon previous knowledge. No matter how you view it, family is based on foundations.

Cocktails are no different. Like our blood and flesh families, cocktails can be complex and deep, or simple and light. Some are exciting and new, while others we just simply can’t seem to get along with. No matter how you mix it, when you find a cocktail (or family member) that you like you can bet it has a rich and interesting past.

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge is based on families. From the family of brothers (and a few very close friends) who founded the bar, to the close-knit staff, the loyal and family-like patrons, and the cocktail families that are the basis for our seasonal menus, family comes first at El Dorado. This is the basis for “Family Night” at El Dorado.

No, we don’t want you to bring your kids. But you can bring your brother, your mother, an aunt, or just a good friend (as long as their all 21+). We’ll be featuring 3 unique drinks from a different cocktail family every Tuesday evening, each for only $5 all night long! Of course we’ll still have our awesome happy hour (from 7pm to 9pm). So come on down and learn to drink by family.

Learning to Drink by Family Volume 1

Author: Zachary N. Wordes (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, The Industry Research Group)

Editor: Justin F. Fortier (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, The Industry Research Group)


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