Sidecar Recipe


The Sidecar is a Prohibition-era classic with a nice balance of citrus and sweet, making it a perennial favorite. The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, and as a cocktail it definitely demands some experimentation with the proportions. Most ratios are equally valid (don’t tell anyone we said that…), but this recipe is the one we’ve found most reliably delicious.


1.5 oz cognac
0.75 oz Cointreau
0.75 oz lemon juice
Lemon and sugar for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Sidecar

  1. Run a slice of lemon around the rim of a cocktail glass, then place the glass rim-down in a plate with sugar. Give it a little twist to make sure the rim is evenly coated.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into your sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.