NOT Blogging Tales: Flea Bag Sidecar

LogoIf you read any number of cocktail blogs regularly, you will note that I am one of the few such bloggers who is not currently pickling him or herself in New Orleans right now. Fear not, intrepid reader, I’ll just have to put up enough content to take up the slack until they sober up (Check back in October). I’ve been in a new drink funk for a while, so I’m touring Talesbloggers’ houses while they are out, and stealing their drinks. In the interests of sending you to their blogs, I’ll leave out one critical item from recipes I repost here….

First up is Micheal Dietsch, of A Dash of Bitters, with the Fleabag Sidecar.
Now, I have written extensively in this blog upon the Gospel of Brandy, the Sidecar. I love this drink, and I tend to treat it with the utmost of respect and care, sometimes to a fault.
The point of Micheal’s post is that the Sidecar can take care of itself fairly well, thank you very much. Even with base level ingredients, rather than a VS or VSOP cognac and Cointreau, the drink still is well worth the sip. I’ve whipped up one myself, as part of my work for the Hiram Walker Triple Sec review that is still in my draft folder, and he is right. The Flea Bag is not as good as one with top shelf hooch, but the point is that a cocktailian who is just starting out need not shy away from the Sidecar. Not everyone wants to shell out 35 bucks each for two bottles just to try a drink!
Here’s Micheal’s recipe:


  • 1.5 parts E&J Brandy
  • 3/4 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec

Combine with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass. You may rim the glass with sugar, if desired. Micheal is enough of a cocktail snob to still specify fresh lemon juice over RealLemon. Screw that, use the bottled juice and save even more!

Well, there you go….

Hey! Look here.
You said you weren’t going to post the whole recipes in the series! Cheating already?

No. The recipe is so short and classic that leaving something out wouldn’t get people to click thru to Dash of Bitters. What I’m leaving out is Micheal’s math, in which he calculates the out of pocket for the Flea Bag. It’s cheap folks. Read his post to find out how cheap!


  1. I think it’s funny that you started with me, and I’m not going to Tales either. I’m co-editing the Tales blog and I have all the ads and stuff on my site, but I just couldn’t get the dosh together to go.

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  2. Doug

    7 July


    I just assumed! Well, we can grump together!

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