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The Sidecar cocktail is a timeless and elegant libation with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. Its origins are somewhat murky, with various accounts attributing its creation to different locations, including Paris and London. Regardless of its exact origin, the Sidecar has remained a beloved classic, known for its balanced blend of brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) brandy

  • 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) orange liqueur (e.g., Cointreau, triple sec)

  • 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) fresh lemon juice

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

  • Strainer

  • Sugar (optional, for rimming)

  • Lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. If desired, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar by moistening the rim with a lemon wedge and dipping it into sugar.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  3. Measure and pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of brandy into the shaker.

  4. Add 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) of orange liqueur to the shaker.

  5. Squeeze in 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) of fresh lemon juice.

  6. Secure the shaker lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and achieve proper dilution.

  7. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass using a fine mesh strainer to remove ice shards.

  8. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist.

Flavor Profile:

The Sidecar cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and citrusy flavors, with the richness of brandy complemented by the brightness of orange liqueur and lemon juice. It's a sophisticated and refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Brandy Selection: Choose a quality brandy with a smooth and complex flavor profile for the best-tasting Sidecar.

  • Lemon Juice Freshness: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for achieving the vibrant citrus flavor of the Sidecar. Avoid using bottled lemon juice, as it may lack the freshness and acidity of freshly squeezed juice.

  • Balance is Key: The key to a perfect Sidecar is achieving the right balance of sweet, tart, and boozy elements. Adjust the ratios of brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice to suit your taste preferences.

  • Chill Your Glassware: For an extra-refreshing Sidecar experience, chill your cocktail glass in the freezer before serving. This helps to maintain the drink's temperature and enhances its overall enjoyment.

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