Like many classic cocktails, the Sidecar started as a medicinal remedy, but from there, not much is known about is origins.

What we do know is that its a delightful, easy-to-riff, drink that every bartender should have in their arsenal. The classic cocktail uses a base of cognac, triple sec, and fresh lemon juice for a dynamic, light cocktail that’s perfect for fall.

Like many minimalist cocktails, perfecting the Sidecar can take some time, ensure you’re working with the best possible ingredients. You can try using different cognac expressions to find the blend that works best for you. Thanks to the simplicity of the drink, it’s a nice option for  more dynamic and premium cognacs as it helps showcase the different flavors of the spirit. After all, the Sidecar is perhaps one of the most well known cognac cocktails.

Sidecar

Sidecar

Sidecar

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • 3/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Preparation: Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


Once you have the basics mastered, it’s time to explore how to riff on the original! Adding additional flavors and swapping out the spirits are some of the easiest ways to riff on the drink. We like swapping the cognac for apple brandy or apple whiskey for perfect autumn inspired drinks.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sidecar

Strawberry Rhubarb Sidecar

Strawberry Rhubarb Sidecar

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cognac
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Monin Strawberry Rhubarb Purée
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Preparation: Chill a serving glass. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass with 2/3 ice in order listed. Shake and strain into a chilled serving glass, garnish with a lemon peel and serve.


Piscine Sidecar, bottle with cocktail

Piscine Sidecar

Piscine Sidecar

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Rosé Piscine
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • 3/4 oz. Brandy
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • Peach Bitters (for Taste)
  • Sugar for Rim
  • Fruit, for Garnish

Preparation: Muddle one half cup pomegranate seeds. Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with sugar and add fruit accents of choice.