Sidecar in 8 Simple Steps


Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

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Ask a bartender. Any cocktail bartender. What are their top 5 cocktails?

Chances are, the Sidecar is going to be on that list.

It’s definitely on my top 5 list. The Sidecar is a relatively easy drink to make with a subtle touch of sweetness from the orange liqueur, sour but balanced high notes from the fresh lemon juice and complexity and richness from the cognac.

Traditionally made with cognac and orange liqueur but of course you can substitute the cognac with a high quality brandy, keeping in mind that doing so will result in subtle flavour changes in your finished cocktail.

An Australian brandy will be fruitier with less oak influence as producers use first fill wine casks to age the brandy. A younger brandy will bring floral and herbaceous, dried fruit flavours whilst an aged brandy will bring smoothness and wood nuances to your drink.

I recommend using Cointreau for the orange liqueur but brands like Marie Brizard are also a good option.

If you’re a fan of the Sidecar then next move would have to be the Brandy Crusta!

Cocktail Shaker

1. Add ice to your cocktail shaker

Add Cognac

2. Add 45mL of cognac

Add Orange Liqueur

3. Add 22.5mL of orange liqueur

Fresh Lemon Juice

4. Add 22.5mL of fresh lemon juice

Sugar Syrup

5. Add 10mL of Sugar Syrup

Shake Cocktail

6. Shake your Sidecar

Strain Sidecar

7. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Orange Twist

7. Garnish with an orange twist

How to make a Sidecar
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Ingredients

  • 45mL Cognac
  • 22.5mL Cointreau
  • 22.5mL Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 10mL Sugar Syrup (1:1)

Instructions

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake & strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with a twist of orange

 

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Steve the Bartender
I have been in the hospitality industry for over a decade and now enjoy running and catering for events throughout South Australia.

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