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The Sidecar Cocktail is probably the best-known cognac cocktail that can be enjoyed in cocktail bars and restaurants. It is said to have been named after a captain who was always driven to a bar in a sidecar from a motorbike. Just like the Daiquiri, Manhattan, Dry Martini, Old Fashioned and Jack Rose, it belongs to one of the six “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” basic recipes.

The forerunner of these three-component drinks was the Whisky Sour. In this nobler version, however, the sweet taste was created by the liqueur and not by sugar syrup. Discover our simple recipe now and prepare our Sidecar Cocktail recipe at home.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl cognac
  • 3 cl orange liqueur
  • 3,5 cl lemon juice

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour all ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain drink into a pre-chilled martini glass.
  4. Strain and serve.
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Recipe by Tim

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The preparation of the Sidecar Cocktail is very simple. Simply put all the ingredients, i.e. cognac, orange liqueur, lemon juice and ice cubes, into a cocktail shaker and shake it well for about 20 seconds. Then strain the drink through a bar strainer into a pre-chilled martini glass. Now you can grit the drink with a lemon zest and serve it afterwards or enjoy it yourself.

Bar Accessories:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice cubes
  • Martini glass

Sidecar Taste Profile


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The flavour of the Sidecar cocktail is balanced and aromatic. No flavours play unnecessarily to the fore. The harmony between cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice is very well balanced. Sour and sweet are just as appropriately balanced as the alcoholic and fruity flavours. Have you never tried this drink? Then it’s high time you did! Learn our simple recipe now and enjoy the cocktail.

No Martini Glass, No Problem

If you don’t have a martini glass, you can also serve the Sidecar in a tumbler. Together with ice cubes, the drink gets its noble appearance and can convince both in taste and appearance.

Freshly squeezed fruit juices

When preparing the Sidecar and cocktails in general, we recommend using freshly squeezed fruit juice. This usually tastes much fruitier and natural. This will make your cocktails even more aromatic!

Spirits exchange

You also have the option of preparing this cocktail with whisky instead of cognac. For this, we recommend using Rye Whiskey from America. This makes the taste more edgy and varied. Just try it out for yourself.

History of the Sidecar

The name Sidecar is probably due to a captain who always consumed this cocktail in his favourite bar. He was always driven to the bar in the sidecar of a motorbike. This is how the name was transferred to the cocktail.

Numerous similar recipes were created in London and Paris. These three-ingredient recipes were easy to mix and excellent in taste. To this day, cocktails that are also prepared with a maximum of three ingredients are incredibly popular. They have a pleasant, harmonious taste and are incredibly easy to prepare. So these cocktails can also be prepared quite easily at home. Cocktails from this category are the Daiquiri, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Dry Martini, Whisky Sour, Mimosa, White Russian or the Negroni.

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How do you prepare a Sidecar?

To prepare the Sidecar cocktail, simply add cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice to a shaker and shake well. Then strain the drink into a pre-chilled martini glass. Now the drink is ready, so you can serve it straight away.

What is a Sidecar?

The Sidecar Cocktail is probably the best-known cognac cocktail of all. It is made from lemon juice, cognac and orange liqueur and tastes aromatically fresh. The drink can be ordered and enjoyed in various bars.

What does the cocktail taste like?

The Sidecar Cocktail is a delicious combination of cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. The flavours of the three ingredients harmonise very well with each other and make for a special taste experience.

Where does the name Sidecar come from?

The drink is said to have been named after a captain who used to ride to a bar in the sidecar of a motorbike. He ordered the well-known cognac cocktail over and over again, which is why the drink was given the name “Sidecar”.