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.

Sidecar recipe

  • 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

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 5 cl cognac into the shaker.
  3. Add 2 cl triple sec to the shaker.
  4. Pour 2 cl lemon juice into the shaker.
  5. Shake the ingredients well together in the cocktail shaker.
  6. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  7. 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)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemonade, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.
  2. Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously to mix and chill.
  3. Strain the mocktail into a chilled glass filled with more ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry if desired.
  5. Serve and enjoy your refreshing, sweet, and tangy mocktail alternative to the Sidecar!

Sidecar fun facts

  1. 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.
  2. The classic recipe for the Sidecar includes Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, though many variations exist.
  3. The drink is typically served in a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass to balance the tartness of the lemon juice.
  4. The Sidecar was a popular drink during the Prohibition era, as the citrus and sugar helped to mask the taste of bootlegged liquor.
  5. 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.