I love exploring new trails. So much so, that I’ve almost completed 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Of Minneapolis, a wonderful book by Tom Watson. One of my favorite things to do is to take a break halfway to enjoy some good food and drink. When paired correctly, very simple items can be an absolute delight to consume. I generally start with a flask of something tasty and then pair a few simple items from there. On this particular day I was in the mood for a classic sidecar. This is an easy, three ingredient sipper that you can make in a few minutes.
- 4 oz Cognac
- 1.5 oz Cointreau
- 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice
- Mix ingredients and shake until chilled. Add to your favorite flask.
Cognac is a complex spirit that is relatively strong when compared to others. A great pairing here is something that will tone down the spirit-forward flavor by bringing some balance to the situation. Because the acidity of Cognac goes great with meats and cheeses, I decided on salmon and a triple crème cow cheese. The latter might not be the easiest to find, but if you can get your hands on some it’s worth the trouble. Throw a light, crispy cracker in the mix and you’re in for a rare treat on the trail.
There is one last thing you’ll need to properly enjoy this culinary delight: somewhere to relax. You can bring this kind of deliciousness along and not have somewhere to chill. Lately I’ve been bringing two of the Travel Chair Joey C-Series along for the ride. They’re surprisingly comfortable for their size, and have a nice classic look to them. They set up in seconds and make all the difference in world when it’s time to indulge in your tasty trail bites.
(Someone was really enjoying the Sidecar)