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01 / 08 / 19
SIDECAR COCKTAIL
Somewhere between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned sits a classic cocktail that’s cruised through the decades, ready to satisfy a sweet or sour craving. Meet the Sidecar, a legendary ‘short drink’, classified as an “All Day” cocktail by the International Bartenders Association
Like any great classic, its origins are disputed. One story from David Embury’s book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks traces it to a Parisian bistro after World War 1 with its inventor, an American captain, riding up in a motorcycle’s sidecar. Others scoff at this version saying it originated in London at Buck’s Club thanks to legendary mixologist Pat MacGarry.
One cocktail, many models
The Sidecar is one of the most popular drinks of all time. Bartenders love it and love trying new twists
The Classic Sidecar
The original recipe shows its French origins with cognac as the main base ingredient. Drink it while wearing a black beret and striped boat shirt, without ever smudging your Chanel lipstick.
1 ½ ounces cognac
¾ ounce triple sec (or Cointreau)
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
Sugar for rim and lemon zest
The Nordic Sidecar
Okay, we made that name up, but it’s an apt one as this Sidecar gets a crisp, clean makeover when you opt for vodka instead of cognac. Best sipped in spring as winter melts away from your ice hut.
1 ½ ounces vodka ¾ ounce triple sec (or Cointreau)
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
Sugar for rim and lemon zest
The Bourbon Sidecar
Swap out the cognac for some spicy bourbon to give this version a sweet, southern drawl. Enjoy it on a porch swing when the humidity is high and the fireflies frisky.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce triple sec (or Cointreau)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Sugar for rim and lemon zest
Method for all Sidecar variations:
Rim a chilled glass with sugar. Shake ingredients with ice then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon zest.
Even though we’re not exactly certain of its beginnings, we’re certain you’ll love this cocktail, listed on Crafty Bartending as one of the 25 essential cocktails every bartender should know.