Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The Sidecar is one of my favorite classic cocktails, consisting of cognac, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. A citrusy refreshing classic.

Okay, take a quick second to learn a little about the sidecar cocktail. It’s a classic cocktail dating back to the Prohibition Era. Prohibition Era = you can’t drink alcohol, but the best cocktails ever were created during this time. It’s perfect, just like the sidecar. A few others to mention, the Aviation and the Last Word.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The sidecar is a smooth, cognac based drink made with cognac, Cointreau (orange liqueur), and fresh lemon juice. It’s like a more refined whiskey sour, without the egg white. Cognac is a fine brandy typically sipped neat unless it finds itself in a classic. I think my whiskey friends will love cognac. It’s fruitier and a little smoother. It’s also made from grapes rather than corn and grains.

The sidecar cocktail is citrusy and refreshing, getting a touch of sweetness from the Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. Like most classic cocktails, it’s right down the middle in terms of flavor and strength. A perfect classic to add to your rotation this summer.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5



  • 2 ounces cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker or mixing glass with a cup of ice. Stir vigorously for 15 seconds then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lime.