As with any great classic, there will always be variations on a theme. TV host Rachel Maddow, who loves cocktails almost as much as sharp political commentary, likes the classic sidecar (according to the English school), but also favors the Tantris sidecar served at New York’s Pegu Club.
In a 21st century update, the Tantris draws its appellation from the screenname of a cocktail aficionado named Kevin. In addition to the customary cognac, lemon juice and triple sec, Pegu Club mixologist and “Libation Goddess” Audrey Saunders adds calvados, pineapple juice, simple syrup, a sugared rim and a lemon twist for garnish.
This fruit-filled rendition is pretty far from what Fitzpatrick calls “a true speakeasy drink,” a drink designed to made quickly before the cops come, but Saunders "wanted a to create a sidecar with further complexity," for Kevin, a.k.a. Tantris on Drinkboy.com. Bonding over their shared love of the cocktail, she "added ingredients which had an affinity with the original ones" to turn a simple sipper into a sidecar symphony.
Heidel has sampled a version similar to Saunders’ and likes it—but there’s nothing quite like the original. Plus, there’s something to be said for getting to the good part, the drinking, faster. “The point of cocktails at my bar is to make them with three, four ingredients tops, so we can make them in 30 seconds to a minute.” Delicious and to the point.