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Sidecar - Cognac Cocktail

About The Sidecar Cocktail

This is one ride you’ll gladly give up the wheel for.

Ingredients in the The Sidecar Cocktail

1.5 oz
VS or VSOP Cognac
.75 oz
.75 oz
Fresh lemon juice


How to make The Sidecar Cocktail

Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar and set aside.

(Do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass.) Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into the prepared glass.

Garnish with a piece of orange peel.

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Discussion (4)

  • San Francisco posted 5 years ago

    I have had trouble with the Sidecar too. It is a bar favorite for me, but to get the best drink at home, I find I need add to the traditional recipe: 1.5 oz. Remy Martin VSOP cognac, 1 oz lemon juice, .75 oz Cointreau and .25 oz. simple syrup in a sugar-frosted cocktail glass. This one, like most cocktails needs a real good stir to get enough water into the mix. J.

  • MPK posted 5 years ago

    I bought a bottle of Cointreau a while ago for some recipe or another that my wife was making and they a small orange plastic shaker attached to the top. The shaker had markings for the correct proportions for a Sidecar, a margarita, etc. Just fill to the proper level for each ingredient. Simple and convenient.

    I had never had a Sidecar before and now I must say it is becoming one of my favorite cocktails. The proportions are the same as in the above recipe.

  • TinyInThePark posted 5 years ago

    I use 2.5oz. Brandy, 1oz triple sec or cointreu, and lemon juice from a bottle. I use Christian Bros brandy. but I shake it over ice and pour entire contents into a low ball.

  • TotheMoonAlice posted 5 years ago

    I would love a good recommendation for brandy or Cognac for the Sidecar. I don't have a grand liquor budget and don't keep Cognac on hand, but I might if I knew what was a good value -- or even a solid brandy.

    I was surprised to hear that a local restaurant that takes pride in it's cocktails used Christian Brothers brandy for their sidecar. Still, when I make it at home it doesn't taste as good -- I do use fresh lemon juice and Cointreau.

    Of course, the ratios I've been using seem too "simple" to have been well-honed (two parts brandy/Cognac to one part each fresh lemon juice and Cointreau)...

    So if anyone has more finely-tune ratios, I'd love to hear them!


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