Clove-Scented Sidecar

FACT 1: I’ve never ridden in a sidecar. I’ve always wanted to.

FACT 2: I’ve never had a sidecar drink. Until now!

What would happen if you drank a sidecar while riding IN a sidecar? I bet it would be a very messy endeavor. It would be classy as all heck though. With some cool goggles, a nice scarf and some leather gloves. Wait!

This is the image I have in my head:


It totally makes sense. Please tell me it makes sense. Maybe I just have whiskey goggles?

Ground cloves & sugar. Just do it. It’s like a cocktail version of these Spiced Orange Popovers.

Substitute booze for dough and you have them. Oh man! Why can’t we just have both?

Here’s that clove sugar I mentioned.

And we’re off!

clove-scented sidecar

Lemon around the rim.

clove-scented sidecar

Clove sugar rim! Tada!

clove-scented sidecar

Oranges & sugar to be muddled.

clove-scented sidecar

Get a wooden spoon. Or better yet, a muddler! I have one. I just don’t know where it is…

clove-scented sidecar

Bash it. Get all the juice out. The oils in the peel release and you have crazy CITRUS POWER.

clove-scented sidecar

Whiskey o’clock!

clove-scented sidecar

Get ready for mixing. Shake it.

clove-scented sidecar

One at a time…

clove-scented sidecar

Top each drink with a few cloves.

clove-scented sidecar

One for you & one for me!

clove-scented sidecar

Now let’s go watch Fantastic Mr. Fox together. Whackbat! Divide that by 9 please.

Clove Scented Sidecar

makes 2 drinks

(recipe slightly adapted from Sunset Magazine)

  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 lemon, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange
  • Ice
  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 4 whole cloves

Mix 2 tbsp. sugar and ground cloves on a small plate. Rub one lemon chunk around the rims of two cocktail glasses. Turn rims in the clove sugar.

Cut orange into two slices about 1/4 in. thick; cut slices in half. Put lemon chunks, orange slices, and 4 tbsp. sugar in a cocktail shaker. Using a wooden spoon, muddle together the fruit and sugar until fruit is broken up.

Add about 1 cup ice and whiskey to cocktail shaker. With lid securely fastened, shake vigorously to blend, then strain into the sugared glasses. Garnish each with a whole clove.

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32 Comments

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  • Advah
    February 9, 2012

    Oh man. It’s 9.30am and I want this drink so badly. Plus, citrus, clove and whiskey – that’s got to be the perfect way to fight my cold, right?!

  • February 9, 2012

    spiced orange popovers?! I’m down!

  • February 9, 2012

    Can we all ride a sidecar together while drinking a sidecar? It would be awesome.

  • February 9, 2012

    This looks SO tasty – and if I could – I would swap it out for my morning coffee! I have some cinnamon/ clove simple syrup…think that could take the place of the sugar in the orange mash up? Hmmm….what a fun, flavor packed cocktail! Thanks!!

  • February 9, 2012

    Such a yummy looking cocktail! Love it!

  • February 9, 2012

    Aaaaand now I want to drink in a sidecar. Wearing googles.

  • Kathryn
    February 9, 2012

    Ah love Fantastic Mr. Fox! And Whiskey. Yum!

  • February 9, 2012

    first, love the photo of the sidecar while in a sidecar – i feel like that would be totally accurate :)

    second, this makes me so excited about cloves – they’re so underused!

  • Ok the Mr. Fox picture made me laugh out loud. That is my two year old’s favorite movie! Thank you Wes Anderson for making a “children’s” movie that I can enjoy. And thank you Tracy for whiskey o’clock!

  • February 9, 2012

    oh, cuss! these sound delightful!

  • Katherine
    February 9, 2012

    I am so game at 9:00 AM for this bevie! FYI, my husband made your orange spiced popovers and they came out amazing!

  • February 9, 2012

    I have always wanted to ride in a side car as well. And I have never had a side car to drink. It does sound a bit naughty. Have all the ingredients at home, may have to sip on one today! Lunch too early?

    ps… love the Fantastic Mr. Fox!

  • February 9, 2012

    I have ridden in a sidebar, and you should all make sure you get to do so once! This looks delicious and warming for this coming weekend’s awful weather.

  • February 9, 2012

    I always wanted to ride in a side car but only with a good driver :)
    mmmm side car drink!! I want one! I never even heard of it.

  • February 9, 2012

    Yessssssssssssss. I’ll take four please.

  • February 9, 2012

    Mmmmm, looks delicious. Also, I laughed out loud to the Fantastic Mr. Fox picture, which says a lot.

  • February 9, 2012

    wombat. wifflebat. wonkbat. what were you saying yesterday?

  • February 9, 2012

    I’m all over this ride to flavour town!

  • I am all over this. I declare Thursday the new weekend so that I can have an excuse to make this when I get home. Double yum.

  • February 9, 2012

    Have I told you that I totally adore you? Like so so much? You’re the best, Miss Tracy Shutterbean.

  • February 9, 2012

    Love it! Wes Anderson is pure genius, I watched that movie again a few days ago! If I weren’t preggers I’d totally be making this drink!

    • February 10, 2012

      Make it sans booze! I bet it would be great with sparkling water!

  • February 10, 2012

    I’ve always wanted to ride in a sidecar too! Why oh why?

    • February 10, 2012

      I dunno!!!

      I thought that Mr. Belvedere was in one when I was a kid or something. I have a visual that I can’t really pin down. Childhood dream!

  • February 10, 2012

    omg the little dudes on the bikes! I AM DYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    man, maybe i need to make these toNIGHT! it *is* friday afterall!!!!!!!

    toot, toooooot!

    • February 10, 2012

      you totes need to!!!!!!! I bet Henry would like it.

  • February 10, 2012

    ok two things. i have not seen mr fantastic fox.

    also… does this drink hit you like a velvet hammer? which isn’t a bad thing. just curious. ;)

    • February 10, 2012

      you need to see it.

      and yes. yes to velvet hammer. a warm fuzzy cocktail, indeed!

  • February 10, 2012

    YUM! I could have one of these now!

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