Cocktail Series: Sidecar

Calling all fans of orange liqueur and Cognac . If you love a citrusy cocktail that has a sour side, then you’ll likely enjoy the Sidecar. Like most cocktails, there are multiple variations you could try including the Chelsea Sidecar, Boston Sidecar, Vodka Sidecar, and many more. We’re sticking with the classic and diving into the highly debated history of the Sidecar. There are a handful of stories that make up the Sidecar history. One story of origin begins in 20th century Paris. Story goes that the cocktail was created in Harry’s New York Bar. This cognac-based drink was crafted for a customer who frequented the bar in a motorcycle sidecar. Another version credits London as the original location. Similar to the Harry’s story, a recurring customer would visit the Buck’s Club via motorcycle sidecar. Back in Paris, the Ritz Hotel also claims to be behind this creation. Wherever the Sidecar was originally invented, some point to a New Orleans’ original, the Brandy Crusta, as the drink that inspired and evolved into the Sidecar. The Brandy Crusta includes bitters, sugar, water, and a blend of spirits; however, what made this cocktail stand out was the sugar rim and lemon addition. To make a Sidecar, you’ll need to stock up on Cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice, and a lemon twist for garnish. If you want to try a variation, you’ll need rum and brandy for a Boston Sidecar. And if you prefer gin , then the Chelsea Sidecar is the one for you. Happy drinking!

Rémy Martin

Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac Ugni Blanc

Almond and hazelnut turn to candied orange and lemon peels and oils with sweet tobacco, oak and sesame, caramel and pistachio, on the palate, light pepper and Connecticut tobacco, hazelnut, lemon essence with tangerine oils shape into orange oil. — 8 months ago

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Distillerie Cointreau

Cointreau Liqueur

Excellent on the rocks and perfect for cocktails !! — 7 years ago

Grand Marnier

Orange & Cognac Liqueur

Plays a huge role in the best sidecars and mimosas — 9 years ago


X.O Cognac

Pepper, orange, a hint of cinnamon. So smooth. Outstanding in every way! — 3 years ago

Distillerie Cointreau

Distillerie Cointreau Cointreau Noir Orange Liqueur Cognac

Cognac-based Orange 🍊as opposed to the grain 🌾 neutral base of original Cointreau. — 7 years ago

Cognac Tesseron

Royal Blend Rare Cognac

Earthy, strong minerality lingers on the palate long and finishes with stone fruits. Took me to another place. — 9 years ago

Jake liked this

Cognac Tesseron

Composition Fine Champagne Cognac

Adi K

Delicious cognac! Nice, easy sipping. — 3 years ago

St. Rémy Authentic

VSOP Brandy

Good for a modified ‘sidecar’ — 6 years ago

Distillerie Cointreau

Cointreau Liqueur

this is the most important part — 8 years ago

Pierre Ferrand

1er Cru De Cognac Grande Champagne Cognac

Decent cognac for cocktails. Retails for $50-$55. Available on Delectable for $36. Here's a Sidecar for you. #cocktail — 9 years ago

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