Ride my Sidecar?

by Patsyfox on October 28, 2022


I’m still riding the brandy train since my voice is yet to recover from a week of laryngitis – explain that if you will, grrr. So in the spirit of making lemonade, I bring to Fri-yay drinks another brandy (or preferably, cognac) cocktail. Meet the Sidecar!

Did you know one of the legends about the birth of the Sidecar has it set at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1910s, mixed up by a patron who arrived in a motorcycle sidecar? True that. Well maybe anyway, I like it enough.

How to do it:

This one’s going to take you: 5 mins

It’s going to make you: 1 drink

You’ll need to have:

  • 3 tbsp cognac (or brandy, Armagnac, or bourbon
  • 1tbsp triple sec (such as Cointreau)
  • 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon or orange twist, for garnish 

You’ll need to do:

  1. Get your shit together
  2. If you like the glass with a rim of sugar do that now by wetting around the rim with citrus juice, dip or roll it in the sugar, shake of excess and allow to dry and chill before pouring the drink.
  3. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes and shake well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist

And in keeping with tradition, I give you variations of my Sidecar illustration that I could not decide between – santé!