Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

A Classic Brandy Daisy

The Sidecar is an interesting drink. It started showing up around the end of World War I. I takes its name from the motorcycle sidecar. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims to be the place where the drink was created. It is a delicious blend of Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice.

Description of the Item

  • Style of Cocktail – Daisy
  • Glass – coupe
  • Base spirit – brandy
  • Modifier – Cointreau
  • Sour – Lemon juice
  • Sweet – Rich Demerara Syrup

This is a classic example of a daisy cocktail. It is a sour modified by

Flavor Description

  • Strong
  • Tart

Getting the balance right in this drink is essential. It easily veers in the too strong or too tart direction. Adding a little demerara syrup gives the cocktail the rich velvety mouthfeel it need to marry the lemon juice and the brandy.

This is a relatively spare drink. High quality ingredients work best here. Don’t worry about a good Cognac getting lost in the mix. This drink will bring out its best.

Many Sidecar recipes put the sugar on the rim of the glass. For historical purists it may be important to adhere to the old recipes. This drink is much more balanced when you put the sugar in the mix.

A simple orange twist does wonders to complete this drink.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ½ oz Cognac
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz rich demerara syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 orange twist for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add Cognac, Cointreau, syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 - 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into the prepared coupe glass.
  5. Twist orange zest over the drink and set on rim to garnish.

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