Christmas Sidecar | A Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail

Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail
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Traditionally citrus-flavoured cocktail made with cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, Sidecar was always one of my favourites. To give it a Christmassy twist, we added cranberry flavours to the cocktail for a bit of extra festive cheer! We hope you enjoy our Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail as much as we do!

We hardly ever make cocktails at home, but when we do, it is for a very special occasion, like Christmas! Whilst my personal favourite is a good old-fashioned Negroni, this Christmas Sidecar comes a close second. With bittersweet triple sec, woodiness of the brandy and tart from the cranberries and lime, this cocktail has it all! It’s like Christmas in a glass…

Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail

What Do You Need to Make our Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail?

What makes a good cocktail? Ingredients that you like, the perfect balance of quantities used, and, most importantly, a good company to have the cocktails with.

My personal favourite is Volare Triple Sec Classic Liqueur paired with good old Courvoisier. Any cranberry juice will do but I do like to crush a few of the fresh ones in with the shop-bought juice to add some extra tartness. You will also need some sugar to make the cranberry syrup.

We love decorating the edge of martini glasses for the wow factor. To recreate the look in the photos, you will need some granulated sugar (not fine caster sugar) and lime zest. Simply dip the rim of the glass into one of the liquid ingredients (I dipped them straight into brandy), then roll in sugar and zest mixture.

You will ideally need a cocktail shaker, but if you don’t have one and can’t justify buying one, here are a few suggestions: 

  • A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
  • A sturdy mason jar 
  • A smoothie maker glass 

Scroll down to see a full list of ingredinets, quantities and the method.

For other ideas for this Christmas, have a look at our Christmas recipe collection, here.

Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail

Christmas Sidecar | A Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail

Traditionally citrus-flavoured cocktail made with cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, Sidecar was always one of my favourites. To give it a Christmassy twist, we have added cranberry flavours to the cocktail for a bit of extra festive cheer!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Christmas
Servings 2 cocktails

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker (or see notes if you don't have one)

Ingredients
  

Cranberry Syrup (makes enough for approx. 2 cocktails):

  • 30 ml cranberry juice
  • 30 g caster sugar

For Two Cranberry Sidecar Cocktails:

  • 50 ml cranberry syrup
  • 120 ml brandy
  • 75 ml triple sec
  • 75 ml lime juice freshly squeezed

Instructions
 

Make Cranberry Syrup:

  • Mix cranberry juice and caster sugar in a volume ratio of 1:1 in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar, bring to the boil and take off the heat. Leave to cool down completely.

Make Cocktails:

  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with 4 cubes of ice and shake. Pour into martini glasses.

Notes

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker and can’t justify buying one, here are a few suggestions: 
  • A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
  • A sturdy mason jar 
  • A smoothie maker glass 
 
 
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2 Replies to “Christmas Sidecar | A Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    I loved this. Very festive looking and tasting. I made for Christmas eve . As i couldn’t get hold of triple sec I substituted Cointreau. Strong so lasted all evening!

    1. So glad to hear! Good value for money too if one drink lasts all night, right?

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