Made for us by: Marah Weigel at 801 Steak and Chop, 801 Grand Ave.
Ahh-tention! Legend says the Sidecar was invented by an American Army captain in Paris during the first World War. Apparently, he was driven each night in a motorcycle sidecar to the small bistro where he helped conceive the drink. Today, sidecars are a forgotten cocktail, probably due to how easy it is to screw up the taste. Weigel says her only sidecar customer is a guy who pores over his paperwork while sipping his drink.
Recipe: 1ounces of brandy or cognac, half an ounce of orange liqueur, one ounce sour mix. Serve in a martini glass with a sugared rim and a lemon twist.
Insider tip: 801 believes that making a fantastic cocktail is in the shakes. To get the drink perfectly cold with a layer of ice crystals on top, shake that baby 30 times before pouring.
Who would order it: The workaholic who brings the laptop to the bar and needs a stiff drink to help him or her finish a report.
Ordering a Sidecar says: You're a bit uptight, but brandy gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling you need to shake off the work day. You aren't retro enough for vodka, not quite polished enough for bourbon, but your testosterone still craves a solid drink with a touch of class. Your tastes are mature and exact, and you enjoy seeing the staff work for their dime.