1 1⁄2 oz Brandy
3⁄4 oz CioCiaro
1⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Simple syrup
2 Kumquat (muddled)
1 Kumquat (as garnish)

Shake, strain, rocks, lowball, garnish


Sub muddled orange peel and extra lemon for Kumquats. Needs further refinement.


Made a la minute for Thursday Drink Night 4/28/2011

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Posted by Dan on 4/29/2011
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Dan commented on 4/29/2011:

May be better with cognac for more base-spirit flavor. Try skipping Cointreau. Promising.


From looking at it, maybe drop the simple and change the Cointreau for Averna?

Dan commented on 4/29/2011:

Well, it's supposed to be a sidecar riff -- get it ;-)

I'm not sure Averna has the orange to pull it off, but it might be worth trying. I think it's Montenegro that's very orange forward, but I don't intend to buy it as I've heard it described as a "creamsicle." The simple was there only because the kumquats were very sour. Sometimes they are almost sweet, though.

I'll try what you suggest. Since you have Amer Picon, you could take it in that direction. I do have a small amount of Amer Picon Biere. Maybe try that.

Dan commented on 12/14/2011:

Tried this again. No kumquats on hand, so I muddled a small clementine with 2 swaths of lemon peel. Used Averna instead of Cointreau. Added a dash of Bokers and two of Regans'. Upped lemon to 1oz. Good, but not as good as it was with kumquats, I think.