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.

​​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.

Sidecar cocktail in coupe glass with lemon and shaker
Sidecar Cocktail In Coupe Glass With Lemon And Shaker

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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  • 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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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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