Updated: Apr 6, 2022
Whilst I love myself a fruit-based cocktail, and I mean I really love! Sometimes you feel like something a little more subtle, something that doesn't have me juggle pineapples, mangoes and grapefruits home from the local market. A perfect example of this is the Rum Sidecar, a simple 3 ingredient cocktail, that is light and packs a zesty citrus kick!
Now of course the original version of this cocktail has us using cognac, which I am definitely not mad at. However, replace that with a little Rum and now we're talking!
This leads us on to the choice of Orange Liqueur, and I don't really have a definitive answer for you. You'll see versions of this recipe with either Orange Curaçao, Triple Sec, Grand Mariner or Cointreau, and I'm sure a few others. In case you didn't know Cointreau is a triple sec and Grand Mariner is a brandy-based curaçao, meaning that your choice is essentially curaçao or triple sec
After trying this out a few different ways my conclusion is; to use whatever orange liqueur you have in the cupboard. The differences are subtle, and not enough to stop you from making this fine cocktail if you didn't have the exact orange liqueur listed. That being said be cautious with the Grand Mariner as its brandy base does come through.
For our version of the Rum Sidecar, I opted for orange curaçao as it is just that little bit lighter! As we always say for any cocktail, this is just a guide, you make a drink that you want to drink and enjoy!
50ml - Welsh Soul Rum
25ml - Orange Curaçao
25ml - Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
Add Rum, Orange Curaçao and Lemon juice to a shaker with ice. Shake Well
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with an Orange Peel