Sidecar Number 1
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 lemon wedge
2 ounces domestic Brandy (or Cognac in Winter for a bolder taste)
1 ounce Cointreau
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 lemon twist
Place the sugar in a shallow dish or saucer. Wet one half of the inside and outside rims of the glass (a martini glass) with the lemon wedge and discard the wedge. Dip the rims into the sugar. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the Brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice and shake vigorously. Twist the lemon peel into the prepared glass and strain the cocktail over it. Serve immediately.