How to Make a Sidecar Cocktail

This almost golden colored cocktail invokes magic with its combination of lemon juice, brandy and Cointreau. The drink was invented some time after World War 1 and the Ritz Hotel makes strong claims to its origins. There are many others who vehemently share the claim. However, what matters is that we have a superb cocktail today thanks to whoever actually invented it. Even the proportions of ingredients in the drink have been debated upon over the years with the French school calling for equal proportions of all three ingredients while the English school wanting two parts Brandy and one part Lemon juice and Cointreau each. The English school has emerged as the more popular and liked one and so we will be quoting that. Lets learn to make this controversial but highly amazing drink.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 01 person (ingredients can be increased in the given proportion to make more servings)
Utensils: Cocktail Shaker, Cocktail glass, Sugar plate


– 3/4 ounce Cointreau
– 3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
– 1 1/2 ounce Brandy or Cognac
– Sugar plate
– Lemon wedge for garnishing
– Ice as required for chilling


  • 1

    Chill a cocktail glass in the refrigerator. Cocktails taste best when chilled. Take it out when the sides appear frosted or when you done with preparing your cocktail When the cocktail is ready, wet the rims of this glass with lemon juice and place it upside down on a sugared plate.

  • 2

    In your cocktail shaker pour in the brandy, lemon juice and Cointreau. Top it up ice cubes or crushed ice. Close the lid carefully to avoid any spills. Shake hard with both hands until you get an even mixture.

  • 3

    Strain this mixture into the sugar rimmed cocktail glass. For garnishing use the lemon wedge. The green and yellow of the lemon will look marvelous against the golden of Sidecar cocktail .If available, peel orange skin and let it swim in the drink. Serve to the joy of the party.

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