The classy Sidecar


A perennial classic, the Sidecar combines cognac, triple sec and lemon juice for a bold yet elegant cocktail that really packs in the flavor.

As is the case for many iconic cocktails, the Sidecar’s exact origin is unclear, but it is believed to have been invented sometime after WWI in either Paris or London. Most accounts suggest that the storied Harry’s New York Bar was where it all happened - or at least where the cocktail became popular. And it is true that one of the very first recipes for the Sidecar appears in Harry MacElhone’s 1922 Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails. In it, however, MacElhone actually names the creator of the cocktail as Pat MacGarry, a popular bartender in London at the time… only to completely omit him and credit himself in later editions. As if this were not confusing enough, the Ritz Paris also famously claims authorship of the drink, attributing its creation to the legendary Frank Meier, head bartender at the hotel’s Hemingway Bar from 1921 until his death in 1947.

Main alcohol : Cognac

Ingredients

Ice Cubes
1½ Parts Cognac
¾ Part Triple Sec
¾ Part Lemon Juice
1 Twist Lemon Zest

Preparation

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add 1½ parts cognac. Add ¾ part triple sec. Add ¾ part lemon juice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon zest and serve.

Drinkware : Cocktail Glass

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