Sidecar Cocktail

Sidecar Cocktail

File Apr 28

The Sidecar is a pre-prohibition cocktail which dates back to World War I and first appears in print in the 1920s.  Most likely it refers to the military motorcycles which have a seat on the side, hence the term sidecar.  For sure this originated in France, especially since Cointreau is a French liqueur, along with Cognac.  Eventually it spread through Europe and found its place in London.

The Old School recipe is simply equal parts Cognac, lemon juice and Cointreau, perhaps a dash of bitters. Shake over ice and serve in a coupe glass.

Here is the refined modern version:


  • 15ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 30ml Grand Marnier
  • Orange bitters

Shake all these ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe glass or stemmed martini glass.  Its a classic that is sure to please.

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