Classic Cocktail How To: The Sidecar

created at: 05/03/2010

There’s no clever, charming story to detail the history of the Sidecar – no one really knows where it was invented, or by whom, though the Ritz hotel in Paris claims it was invented there in the late 1910s.

created at: 05/24/2010

Regardless, this is a fun one that’ll make you feel like you’re back in the post-prohibition swing days. It’s usually served up, in a chilled martini glass with a sugared rim, but might also be served in a rocks glass with ice. 

The Sidecar

  • 1 1/4 oz brandy
  • 1 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest wedge or orange zest wedge for garnish

1. Mix the spirits and the lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake.

2. Meanwhile, wipe a small wedge of lemon around the outside of a chilled martini glass, and roll it in course sugar to coat the rim generously.

3. Strain the cocktail into the sugared glass, and float the lemon or orange zest atop.