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Sidecar

sidecar cocktail
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 Liquor.com / Tim Nusog

The Sidecar is a direct descendant of the Brandy Crusta, a long-forgotten New Orleans drink that has enjoyed something of a comeback in the last couple of years. How it got its name is a source of debate: Both a French and English bar claim to have invented the combination of cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice for a customer who arrived at the location in the sidecar of a motorcycle.

Bar veteran Dale DeGroff, however, says the drink’s name references the mixture that’s left in the shaker after straining and served in a shot glass on the side. This little treat is called, that’s right, a sidecar.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounce cognac
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: orange twist
  • Garnish: sugar rim (optional)

Steps

  1. Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar, if desired, and set aside.

  2. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.

  3. Strain into the prepared glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange twist.