Sidecar Cocktail

Sipping on this intoxicating little mixed drink has the ability to take you back to a jazzier more romantic time.

Food + Drink Cocktail of the Week Brian Webb

This article was published on April 3rd, 2020

The Sidecar is a cocktail classic that originated in London or Paris – the history is a bit blurry – after World War I. It should be mentioned that the Ritz Hotel in Paris claims responsibility of inventing the cocktail, which was named for the motorcycle attachment that was so popular during WWI.

It is traditionally made using cognac, which suggests the French connection, but this particular recipe calls for good ole fashion’d American bourbon; so maybe it should be called an American Sidecar. Regardless of the spirit you deign to use, it gets the job done. Sipping on this intoxicating little mixed drink has the ability to take you back to a jazzier more romantic time. 

To truly enjoy the Sidecar, it is recommended you get dressed in your dandiest clothing, turn on something jazzy, and prop yourself up against the bar while you catch that special person’s eye. You absolutely have to prepare to have a gay evening. It is a drink made to enjoy at ritzy hotel bars after all; don’t let the makers down, whoever they are, and give it your best effort. 

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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