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Side Car Citrus: A New Twist on an Old Classic

Kellie Rowland has been shaking up and serving drinks for nearly nine years, over four of them at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. She can be found at Mixology Bar and Lounge inside the JW Marriott, creating signature cocktails with a smile. Rowland recently won the 2012 Wave award for Nightlife at the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival in November. She also won the cocktail global contest within the entire Marriott International chain in 2011, and has been nominated for the 2013 Stars of the Industry Awards.

“It’s a classic that no one seems to order…if they only knew,” says Rowland of her chosen libation. “A Side Car is a delicious balance of strength, sour and sweet, and it is so simple to create. Fresh ingredients are always my first priority, and the Patron Citronage adds some bite that the extra splash of orange juice balances out. I’ve never had anyone order a Side Car. However, if someone is unsure what to drink, it’s usually one of the cocktails I like to surprise them with.”

Side Car Citrus

1 ½ oz Christian Brother’s Brandy
1 oz Patron Citronage Tequila
½ oz  fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ oz  fresh squeezed orange juice

Combine ingredients in a Boston shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Stain into a sugared rimmed martini glass and garnish with an orange slice.


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