Sidecar Cocktail Recipe and Ingredients

This is one of the classiest classic cocktails. The Sidecar cocktail is a simple and easy drink that you will love.

This is one of the classiest classic cocktails. The Sidecar cocktail is a simple and easy drink that you will love.

What is a Sidecar?

The sidecar is a classic cocktail composed of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. The drink’s ingredients are most similar to the older Brandy Crusta, which differs both in appearance and in the amounts of its components.

Sidecar cocktail in coupe glass with lemon and shaker
Sidecar cocktail in coupe glass with lemon and shaker
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​​History of the Sidecar Cocktail

The sidecar’s actual origins are unknown, however, it is considered to have been invented towards the close of World War I, in either London or Paris. The drink was named after a motorcycle attachment that was widely used at the time. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims to be the originator of the drink.

What Glass is a Sidecar Served In?

The Sidecar is typically served in a stemmed coupe or martini glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

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How to Make a Sidecar

Below are the ingredients and directions for a sidecar. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.


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  • 1.50 Ounces Cognac

  • 1 Ounces Cointreau

  • .75 Ounces Lemon Juice

  • Lemon Wedge for Frosting Glass


  • Frost a cocktail coupe glass with the lemon and sugar.
  • Shake the remaining ingredients (except the garnish) with Ice and strain into the prepared glass.
  • Garnish with the flamed orange zest coin.


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