Though it’s not known if this is actually true, the drink is supposedly named for and invented by an anonymous American army captain who either drove or rode in a motorcycle with an attached sidecar. But others say that it was named for the method of pouring leftover liquor into a shot glass, which is also called a sidecar. Either way, it’s a delicious sour drink and has been popular since the 1920s. While there are several variations, the easiest recipe is to add a few ice cubes to a shaker, add two parts brandy, one part triple sec, and one part lemon juice. Shake and strain that citrusy goodness into a frosted glass. Straightforward, refined, and just enough alcohol to enjoy the evening.
Traditional Sidecar Recipe
- 1.5 oz cognac
- 1 oz Cointreau orange Liqueur
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- Sugar for frosting
Slice a lemon wedge down the middle and use it to moisten the edge of the cocktail glass. Frost the glass with sugar. Shake the Cointreau orange liqueur and cognac together with cracked ice and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.