I can’t believe it’s summer already! Time has come and gone and our spring wedding is now two months behind us! When I think of summer, I think of sitting out on my balcony, overlooking the pool, grilling out and enjoying a cool drink. These bratwursts fulfilled my summer dreams. Omaha Steaks graciously provided me with these bratwursts, however, all opinions are, as always, my own.I know that bratwursts are typically enjoyed with a cold beer. And while I enjoy this combo and appreciate a cold brewski as much as the next guy, I wanted to do something a tad different. I wanted to create a fun summer cocktail that was crisp and citrusy. Now whenever Matt wants me to make them, he just says “can you make me your drink?” I have a drink now, y’all!
One of my favorite flavor combinations is pork with apple. That’s why I decided to put a little apple spin on the traditional sidecar. The crisp apple flavor adds brightness to an alcoholic drink, especially in conjunction with the lemon juice. This drink isn’t overly sweet, but I can see someone enjoying it after dinner as well, almost like a dessert, because the apple and lemon really give it that delicious tart taste. When paired with the pork and beef bratwurst, it all rounds out really well.
The cocktails are also super quick to make, with only three ingredients, none of which are super fancy or hard to find. If your liquor store doesn’t have apple brandy, feel free to use apple Bourbon and make a bourbon sidecar! Basically what you want to focus on is that great combination of the apple flavor from the brandy, the orange flavor from the Cointreau and the lemon juice. Other than that, brands are not important with regards to your liquor and you can maintain the flavor profile without stressing out about finding an exact brand of liquor at the store. Since these are so quick and easy to make, they are perfect for a grill out. You could even have a cute little sign that says how to make them next to the ingredients and your guests can help themselves! This would be adorable at a grill-out! Let your guests make their drinks (and yours!) while you run the grill!
Now on to the bratwursts and onions… Let me let you in on a little secret. The hardest part about caramelizing onions is having patience. It takes forever. By forever, of course, I mean an hour or less, with minimal work, but still…as they say, patience is a virtue! But if you can handle just letting these go for awhile, they will add the extra punch to your bratwursts. I put them on baguettes instead of hot dog buns to give it some more texture, and added spicy mustard to some of them for some extra kick. Can you tell I like to make things extra? Now go enjoy your friends at a grill-out!
- 1-2 TBSP olive oil
- 1-2 small yellow onions (or 1 medium), sliced thin
- Drizzle of balsamic
- 1 baguette
- 4 of the Omaha Steaks Bratwursts
- 3 oz. Apple-Flavored Brandy
- 2 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- Thaw brats in the fridge for a few hours
- In a sauté pan over low heat, heat the olive oil, then add the onion slices and cook for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. About halfway through, when the onions have started softening a bit, drizzle the balsamic over the onions.
- Sauté bratwursts for 12-14 minutes over medium high heat.
- Cut baguette into 4 equal slices and slice lengthwise, but not all the way through, and open slightly
- Put bratwursts in baguette and top with caramelized onions.
- Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain, serve immediately.