The Sidecar

This is one of David Embury’s six classic cocktails in his book, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”. According to Embury, the Sidecar supposedly originated at the Ritz Hotel in Paris during World War I, named for an army captain, a regular customer, who would ride to the hotel bar in the sidecar of a motorcycle. Others claim that the drink was invented around the same time in London, but no matter who actually invented the cocktail, there’s no debating that the world is a better place because of it.

When it’s served, take notice of the rim of the frosted cocktail glass finely-coated with sugar, enveloping the amber-colored mixture within, as the cocktail throws hints of orange and lemon aroma, delighting the senses before you even take the first sip. The Sidecar provides an excellent example of how a true cocktail should be presented: elegant, complex, mysterious, but above all approachable.

The Sidecar is a drink that needs some experimentation to achieve the right taste based on your personal preference, but once you’ve found the balance that’s right for you, you’ll swear you’ve died and gone to cocktail heaven. Here’s a good balance of ingredients to start with:

1 1/2 oz. Brandy
1 oz. triple sec
(I most often use Cointreau)
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 lemon peel
Granulated sugar

Pour the liquids into an ice-filled shaker and shake until chilled. Pour the mixture into a chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. (To rim the glass: cut a notch in the lemon slice and run the notched lemon around the rim of the glass.  Hold the glass sidways, and dip the outside edge of the glass into a small saucer of sugar, rotating the glass the cover the entire outside edge.). Drop the lemon peel into the glass.


The Sidecar

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4 Responses to “The Sidecar”

  1. Dave says:

    Sounds delicious. Where’d you get that photo at the top? …thats awesome.

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