Sidecar

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There are numerous stories on the Sidecar’s origins. However, Harry’s Bar in Paris is generally credited with inventing the Sidecar for a patron who often rode in the sidecar of a motorcycle. I am grateful to this unknown and unsung mixologist who brought us this cocktail, as it is my personal favorite, and I am eternally grateful to the Bix in San Francisco for introducing me to the wonderful libation.

Like the Martini, the Sidecar has recently experienced a renaissance. The Sidecar was invented in the early 1900s and was popular until the beginning of World War II but, unfortunately, was forgotten by most when the War came to an end. A few years ago, my request for a Sidecar was often met with, “Are you sure? That’s what my grandmother drinks.” Luckily, the Sidecar is now enjoying a renewed popularity and can be easily had at most drinking establishments.

Over the past few years we have diligently attempted to recreate that first wondrous Sidecar at the Bix. Although we never recreated our first Sidecar, we have perfected my personal favorite (listed below) made with equal parts Armagnac (a french brandy very similar to cognac with a mellower taste), cointreau and lime juice.

When we began our Sidecar journey, I had no idea so many types of Sidecars existed. There are Sidecars for those who prefer brandy, cognac, gin, vodka and even irish whiskey. Join me in a toast to the Sidecar with a few of the concoctions listed below. After all, it would be a shame if the noble Sidecar were once again forgotten.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz VS or VSOP cognac
  • ¾ oz cointreau
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice

COMMENTS

  1. by The Sidecar « Belle Epochè, June 25th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    […] are a lot of recipes online, but Drinkoftheweek.com has one that looks pretty legitimate, and has links to different types of Sidecars, as […]

  2. by Grown up drinks for grown up tastes: Péché Austin | What are you drinking?, November 30th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    […] barely glanced at the menu of 50+ concoctions of stalwarts like the Moscow Mule, Bees Knees and the Side Car and twists on the Martini and the Manhattan, when we were presented with the delightful opportunity […]

  3. by Maggie's Holiday Cocktail Guide | Maggie s Tapas, December 7th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    […] the east coast, you know)–but one made much warmer by a good cocktail. You can find a recipe here and one of my favorite liberals has a “How to make a Sidecar” […]

  4. by Maggie's Holiday Cocktail Guide | Maggie's Meat & Bread, August 19th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    […] the east coast, you know)–but one made much warmer by a good cocktail. You can find a recipe here and one of my favorite liberals has a “How to make a Sidecar” […]

  5. by dimi, November 22nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Fantastic cocktail

  6. by Huramos, December 27th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I saw this cocktail here a while back ago, and tried it. Now its my go to drink. its delicious.

  7. by Jamie Brisbin, January 31st, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    This is awesome! One of my favorites!