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Sidecar Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

This is a classic Cognac-based Cocktail.  First appearing during the First World War it soon became a popular and sophisticated Cocktail to be seen with.  What could be simpler and appealing than just three ingredients - Cognac, Triple Sec and freshly squeezed lemon Juice.

Named after a motorcycle passenger's seat, during the 1920's it had an air of 'danger', excitement and even nostalgia.

  • 2x Shot Cognac
  • 1x Shot Triple Sec
  • 2x Shot Freshly squeezed lemon juice
How to make one: 
  1. Place all the ingredients into a Boston Shaker over ice
  2. Strain into a Cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with a thin wedge of orange

First appearing in Cocktail recipe books as early as 1907, there are two possible claimants to the title of creator and inventor of this superb and elegant Cocktail - Pat MacGarry of Buck's Club in London and Harry MacElhone of the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

However, there is a third possible contender, perhaps not the actual inventor but the inspiration.  David A. Embury in his celebrated 1948 Cocktail Book, " The Fine Art of Mixing Drink" claims it was named after an  American Army Captain stationed in Paris; "named after the motorcycle sidecar in which the good captain was driven to and from the little bistro where the drink was born and christened".

Like all 'classic' Cocktails, once it has been hailed as a masterpiece - then the disputes start as to who actually first created it.

The original recipe called for 'Orange Liqueur'; this could be Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec. Try all three versions and see which you like.



Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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