Sidecar Cocktail

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



Top view of a Sidecar cocktail garnished with fresh orange peel

When a cocktail sticks around for a century or more, there’s only one reason and that’s because it’s downright delicious! If you’re a newbie to cocktails, then you’ll want to master the citrusy and oh-so-tangy Sidecar cocktail. With just 3 ingredients, you can’t go wrong! 




Get your cocktail or coupe glass icy cold in the freezer before pouring


Opt for freshly squeezed lemon juice for the zestiest sip


Twist your orange peel over the glass so the oils sprinkle into your glass



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

lemon juice, freshly squeezed
To garnish, a twist of orange
To garnish a sugar rim (optional)



Chill your glass in the freezer ahead of serving for best results 


Dip the rim into a saucer with a little sugar


Pour the Cognac, Grand Marnier and lemon juice to a shaker


Add a handful of ice and shake until icy cold 


Strain into a cocktail glass 


Garnish with a twist of orange peel, if you like 

Master the classic Sidecar recipe the easy way

They say the Sidecar cocktail gets its name from a patron who rode up to a bar on a sidecar motorcycle. Others argue it’s because the Sidecar cocktail recipe mix is too much for a cocktail glass and you’re served an extra shot glass or “sidecar” alongside. Whatever the origin, we’re here for it! 

To whip up the best Sidecar cocktail, you only need 3 ingredients; cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice! To make it, it’s as simple as pouring the Sidecar cocktail ingredients into a shaker or mason jar, shaking briefly over ice, before straining into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Et voila! For a touch of sweetness, add a sugared rim to your icy glass and, for a cute garnish, twist a piece of orange peel over the glass. Yum!  

Choosing your Cognac

Cognac VSOP is a type of brandy that is distilled from grapes and produced specifically in the Cognac area of France. The VSOP stands for “Very Superior Old Pale”, since it has been aged for at least four years. Production is governed by the specific AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée), detailing where and how it’s made. Cognac VSOP is steeped in history with traditions passed down through generations. We love a Bisquit & Dubouché Cognac VSOP because it’s silky smooth with delicious plum and cinnamon notes.

Triple sec or Grand Marnier?

What is triple sec or orange liqueur, and which one should you use? Triple sec literally translates to triple dry and is the blanket name for orange liqueur. There are numerous brands of triple sec, each of varying quality and alcohol content. Triple sec is a dry, bitter (and not in a negative way), intensely orangey liqueur that blends really well into cocktails. Orange liqueur cocktails like the Sidecar cocktail would be utterly lost without this citrusy workhorse. To save you the hassle of trying them all, here’s our favorite: Grand Marnier, made with Cognac and candied bitter green oranges, which is blended with caramelized sugar and vanilla. We love it as the deep citrusy notes and Cognac base make it an obvious bestie for our Sidecar cocktail.

Fun Sidecar cocktail variations

Of course, the best Sidecar cocktail recipe has a twist or five! Here are some of our faves:

  • Bourbon Sidecar: for a Sidecar with a spicy whiskey finish, mix 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz Grand Marnier, ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Boston Sidecar: for a Daiquiri and sidecar smash, try 1 oz light rum, 1 oz brandy, 1 oz Grand Marnier and ¾ oz lime juice
  • Between the Sheets: for extra zest, combine 1 oz white rum, 1 oz cognac, 1 oz Grand Marnier and ¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Parisian Sidecar: for a floral Sidecar, opt for 2 oz Cognac VSOP, 1¼ oz elderflower liqueur, and 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Tequila Sidecar: for a Mexican twist, replace the Cognac with tequila and switch the lemon juice with lime

If you’ve enjoyed this zesty sip, then definitely try our other delicious Orange Juice cocktails.

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Sidecar cocktail ingredients include only 3 simple things: a good Cognac, a decent orange liqueur like Grand Marnier and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

A Sidecar cocktail makes a wonderful pre-dinner cocktail to serve your friends and is perfect all year round. This orangey Cognac sip is both refreshing and warming to the soul, so you can sip it no matter the season!

A Sidecar cocktail weighs about the same as a Martini or a Manhattan, so generally served in smaller sips as you’re using 80-proof base liquor with Cognac and Grand Marnier. It’s about 26% ABV.

For the best Sidecar cocktail, make sure you serve it in a chilled glass. Finish the Sidecar cocktail by twisting a piece of orange peel over the glass so the zesty oils will sprinkle into your drink.