If you're a fan of classic cocktails, Sidecar is undoubtedly on your favorite list. This timeless drink has been enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts for nearly a century, and for good reason. The combination of brandy, orange liqueur and lemon juice creates a perfectly balanced and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. But making a good Sidecar is easier said than done.

To help you perfect this classic cocktail, we've enlisted the help of an expert mixologist who will guide you through the process of making the perfect Sidecar. From choosing the right ingredients to mastering the perfect proportions, this guide will help you create a Sidecar that's sure to impress even the most discerning of cocktail connoisseurs. So let's raise a glass and dive into the world of the perfect Sidecar.

Sidecar recipe

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1920s and is named after a motorcycle sidecar. It is believed to have been invented in Paris during World War I and quickly became popular with American soldiers stationed in France. The cocktail was later introduced to the United States, where it continued to be popular for decades. Today, the Sidecar is still a popular cocktail served in bars around the world.


  • 6cl brandy
  • 3cl orange liqueur
  • 3cl freshly pressed lemonjuice


Variations and twists on the classic Sidecar recipe

Although the classic Sidecar is a tasty cocktail in its own right, there are many ways to experiment and add your own personal twist to this iconic drink.

  1. Replace the cognac with bourbon to give your Sidecar a more robust taste
  2. Add ginger beer to your Sidecar to give it a fresh and spicy taste.
  3. Replace the lemon juice with grapefruit juice to give your Sidecar a fresh and bitter taste. Grapefruit juice is rich in vitamin C and adds a healthy twist to your cocktail.


Tips for making the best Sidecar

If you want to take your Sidecar to the next level, follow these expert tips:

  1. Always use fresh ingredients when making a Sidecar. Lemon juice must be freshly squeezed.
  2. Ice is an important ingredient in any cocktail, and it's important to use high-quality ice when making a Sidecar. Use large ice cream cones that melt more slowly when you shake.
  3. The traditional proportions for a Sidecar are 2:1:1 (cognac: orange liqueur: lemon juice), but you can adjust the proportions to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add more orange liqueur or sugar syrup, and if you want a more acidic cocktail, you can add more lemon juice.

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The history of the sidecar

Although there are different versions of how the Sidecar was invented, there is no doubt that it has a rich history. Some sources claim that bartenders in Paris invented the drink for an American military officer who regularly rode around in a motorcycle sidecar. Other sources claim that the drink was invented in London in the 1920s. Regardless of its origins, the Sidecar is an iconic cocktail that continues to be popular today.

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