Sidecar Cocktail

The Sidecar is an elegant, refined sip that has a soft spot as my personal favorite cocktail. Its form (a “sour”) is shared by who-knows how many other cocktails – two parts strong, one part sweet, one part sour. Swap the brandy for tequila and you pretty much have a Margarita (up next).
It’s traditional to moisten the glass rim with lemon and dip the rim in sugar – but certainly not necessary. I find the drink plenty sweet on its own.
The Sidecar and the Margarita are where you’ll understand why a quality triple sec like Cointreau is worth every penny versus a cheaper variety that would overpower the drink with syrupy sweetness.

A Parisienne Shaker from is perfect for mixing up a Sidecar or two!


1 1/2 oz brandy or Cognac

1 oz triple sec

1 oz lemon juice


Shake well with ice to blend and chill.

Strain into the chilled glass.

Garnish with a lemon wheel.


Nucleozoid 10 Aug 2012
7:24 pm

Nice Job! I love the Sidecar, and just tried your recipe.  Though I prefer mine with 1/2 ounce of lemon juice as Robert Hess suggests, instead of the 1 ounce you have indicated.  One ounce is a little too tart for me and the lemon overpowers the cognac and cointreau IMHO.

steve7500 11 Aug 2012
8:15 am

Best Sidecar I’ve had. I do agree with Nucleozoid about the “less lemon” though. The better the quality of ingredients,the better the cocktail. Cointreau over Triple Sec any day ! Thanks

steve7500 11 Aug 2012
2:15 pm

  Incidentally,why does your recipe read “Triple Sec” while the video clip shows Cointreau ???

Dave Stolte 11 Aug 2012
2:29 pm

Cointreau is a brand of triple sec. I don’t make specific brand recommendations in the recipe listings. Cointreau is recommended, but Combier or Pierre Ferrand would be great in this, too.

steve7500 11 Aug 2012
8:57 pm

Understood. BUT - - -,a lot of cheap ,sugary , brands are available AS Triple Sec - whereas the brands are a little more consistent . Not trying to be a “snob” or expert which I am not.

Nucleozoid 12 Aug 2012
11:14 am

I find that the Patron Citronge is a good alternative to Cointreau.  It is also 80 proof and I find it to have a similar taste complexity.  What’s nice is that it is at least $10 less expensive - I normally get it for $20 for a 750ml.

steve7500 12 Aug 2012
1:31 pm

Thanks Nuclezoid, I always like to experiment - and love a good bargain. I will be trying this ASAP.

babermac 29 Jul 2013
10:47 pm

Hey there! Excellent looking beverage. But the video calls for 3/4 oz. of both the lemon juice and Cointreau (making for a 2:1:1 ratio, which is standard), whereas the recipe on this page lists a full ounce of those ingredients. Seems like maybe that’s an error?


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