In Season 3, Episode 7, TOW the Race Car Bed, Monica’s mattress purchase turns into a karmic joke. She orders a pillow-top queen mattress, but instead, a children’s race-car bed is delivered. So we decided to put a spin on the classic sidecar cocktail!
We present, for your sipping pleasure: the Racecar. Vroom, vroom! Hey hey, good lookin’!
A sidecar is traditionally made of Cognac (a type of brandy), lemon juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. But given the apple-red race-car bed that Monica gets, we decided to use apple brandy instead of Cognac. Elizabeth also ran out of simple syrup, so she substituted honey as a sweetener, given that Rachel tries to sweeten things with Ross by calling him “honey” throughout the episode.
1 ounce apple brandy
1 ounce orange liqueur
Juice of 1/2 a large lemon (approx. 1/2 ounce)
1/2 tsp raw honey
Splash of key lime juice
Shake all of the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cordial glass or other sipper.
Note: You can use regular honey or lime juice if that’s what you have on hand.