True classic cocktails are finally making a real resurgence in recent years, the Sidecar Cocktail, which has it’s origins in WWI Paris, and was first published in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, was later modified in Harry’s Bar New York, and the modern recipe is based on this version.


Chilled cocktail glass with split lemon wedge garnish.

Sidecar Cocktail Ingredients

  • 1 ¼oz (30ml) Brandy
  • ¾oz (22.5ml) Cointreau / Triple Sec
  • ¾oz (22.5ml) Fresh Lemon Juice

How to mix a Sidecar Cocktail

Shake with ice and strain.

Additional information

As with many classic drinks, this is closely related to both the daiquiri and the margarita, with its balance of citrus (lemon), sweet (orange liqueur) and a base spirit. This formula can be translated to almost any spirit to create a satisfying drink, just steer clear of creamy liqueurs when you work with citrus juices!

The Sidecar Cocktail is quintessentially French, with its mix of Cognac Brandy, Cointreau and a touch of citrus, there are few drinks that would be more at home in a Parisian bar in the evening.

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