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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