Sidecar is a classic cocktail made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. It’s served in a sugared rimmed cocktail glass and garnished with lemon twist.
- 5 cl cognac
- 2 cl triple sec
- 2 cl lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
Directions for how to make the Sidecar
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour 5 cl cognac into the shaker.
- Add 2 cl triple sec to the shaker.
- Pour 2 cl lemon juice into the shaker.
- Shake the ingredients well together in the cocktail shaker.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Serve and enjoy your Sidecar drink.
Tips for how to make the perfect Sidecar
- Use quality ingredients: For the perfect Sidecar, use quality ingredients including cognac, triple sec, and fresh lemon juice. Avoid using cheap triple sec as it can make the drink taste artificial.
- Pay attention to ratios: The ideal ratio for a Sidecar is 2:1:1, that is, two parts cognac, one part triple sec, and one part lemon juice. However, feel free to adjust the ratios according to your taste preference.
- Don’t forget the sugar rim: Coat the rim of your glass with sugar for an added touch of sweetness and texture. To do this, wet the rim with a lemon wedge and gently dip it into a plate of sugar.
- Shake, shake, shake: Don’t be afraid to shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure that it is well-mixed and chilled. Strain the mixture into your sugar-rimmed glass and enjoy!
Alcohol-free alternative to the Sidecar
A possible alcohol-free alternative to the classic cocktail Sidecar could be a mocktail made with lemonade, orange juice, and grenadine. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup lemonade
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
- Ice cubes
- Orange slices and maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemonade, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.
- Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously to mix and chill.
- Strain the mocktail into a chilled glass filled with more ice cubes.
- Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry if desired.
- Serve and enjoy your refreshing, sweet, and tangy mocktail alternative to the Sidecar!
Sidecar fun facts
- The Sidecar is thought to have originated during World War I, when a US Army captain would arrive at a Parisian bar in a motorcycle sidecar and ask for his favorite drink.
- The classic recipe for the Sidecar includes Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, though many variations exist.
- The drink is typically served in a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass to balance the tartness of the lemon juice.
- The Sidecar was a popular drink during the Prohibition era, as the citrus and sugar helped to mask the taste of bootlegged liquor.
- It is said that the Sidecar gets its name from the motorcycle sidecar in which the drink’s inventor used to travel; however, the true origin of the name remains a mystery.