Ukrainian immigrant, Samuel Paley arrived in Chicago in the late 1800s and worked in a cigar factory as a lector or a person who entertained cigar rollers by reading newspapers, magazines and books. He quickly became interested in the cigar industry and became a roller and blender. In 1896 Paley opened his own cigar shop across the street from his Congress Cigar Company’s factory in Chicago. Here Paley introduced his first La Palina blend.
La Palina Illumination is a “knock off” of the exceptional ultra-rare La Palina Goldie. Illumination features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a blend of binder and long fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The result is a well-balanced, medium-bodied cigar with notes of toasted nuts, sweet caramel, pepper and citrus. The classic pairing of cognac with the Illumination enhances each of their citrusy flavors.
According to The Ritz Hotel in Paris the Sidecar was invented there. But Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar attributes the Sidecar’s creation to Pat MacGarry at the Buck’s Club in London. In any case what matters is that the Sidecar is an iconic, classic cocktail, yet simple to make. The Brandy Library in New York City creates an excellent version.
1 oz. Prunier VS Cognac
1 oz. Prunier orange liqueur
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 splash lime juice
Sugar half the rim of a cocktail glass.
Combine all ingredients with ice, shake, and strain into the glass.