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A coupe glass filled with the sidecar cocktail in front of a taller martini glass - square

Sidecar Cocktail

This classic sultry sidecar cocktail will catapult you back in time! It is deliciously balanced and fun and classic drink!
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Cocktails
Keyword cognac cocktail, sidecar, sidecar cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 224kcal


  • 4 ounces cognac
  • 2 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • lemon rind twist for garnish


  • Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice
  • Add cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice
  • Cap shaker, shake for 15 seconds
  • Strain liquid in coupe glass (or martini glass)
  • Twist lemon rind and place in drink
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


Tips on cutting citrus twists
  • There are a few different ways of cutting twists out of citrus. The way that is most popular, especially around bartenders and chefs is a channeling knife. It takes a little practice to get the right pressure so you can cut uniform strips, but once you get it, you can recreate this citrus twist consistently.
  • If you don't have a channeling knife, another great way to get a great citrus twist is to cut a thin wheel from the fruit. Then you cut out the flesh and also cut a slice to break the circle.
  • Or you can use a knife to cut/shave into the skin. I don't like cutting a twist this way because it is hard to control the width, but it will do in a pinch.
  • The easiest way to twist the citrus is to wrap the strip around a thin object like a chop stick. If you don't have chop sticks in your house, then you can use something else that is thin or even your pinky finger.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 11mg