Sidecar

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Cocktail History

No one really knows where this Prohibition-era drink was invented, but two arguments about its origin have floated around for decades with one saying the Sidecar was created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris and another saying it was created at the Buck’s Club in London. One thing’s for sure though, the recipe always includes brandy, Cointreau, and lemon… although both sides do argue over how much of each is correct.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Brandy: This is the base spirit. The recipe specifically calls for Cognac, but we used Driftless Glen Distillery 5 Year Reserve Brandy for its rich taste and notes of cherry, vanilla, and caramel.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Sugar: This is added to the rim of the drink to sweeten the cocktail as you sip.

Orange Slice: This is used to stick the sugar to the rim of the glass.

Orange Twist: This is the garnish. It also adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Of all the brandy drinks we’ve tried recently, this one was a favorite of both of ours, especially because the sugary rim and citrus balanced out the brandy taste very well.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Brandy
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
 1 Orange Slice
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Pour sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with orange slice, and roll glass in sugar until coated.

2

Add brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Brandy
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
 1 Orange Slice
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Pour sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with orange slice, and roll glass in sugar until coated.

2

Add brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Sidecar

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More Brandy Cocktails

If you like this brandy-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Cold Brew Brandy Alexander: A brandy cocktail made with cold-brew coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, heavy cream, and coffee beans

 Enchantress: A brandy cocktail made with ruby port wine, orange curaçao, lemon juice, and a lemon peel

 Elephants Sometimes Forget: A cherry brandy and gin cocktail made with lemon juice, dry vermouth, orange bitters, amaretto liqueur, and a lemon twist

 French Toast Flip: An Oloroso sherry, Scotch, and apple brandy cocktail made with maple syrup, allspice syrup, egg white, egg yolk, orange and fig bitters, and ground cinnamon

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