Cocktail Hour: The Sidecar

April 26, 2012

I’m celebrating my birthday in a few weeks and I’ve chosen the Sidecar as my birthday cocktail.  It’s the perfect drink for our 1930’s Shanghai Jazz Club party.  The Sidecar is two parts strong, one part sweet and one part sour which makes for the perfect classic cocktail.  The Sidecar was created at Harry’s New York Bar, a Paris bistro, by Harry himself and was named for the motorcycle sidecar that conveyed Harry to and from his establishment.

Monsieur Bonbon and I have well and truly tested this recipe and feel we can now share with you :-).  It must be one of my favourite cocktails.

The Sidecar


  • 30mls cognac (Hennessy VS)
  • 30mls Cointreau or Curaçao
  • Juice of half a lemon


Add cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice to ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake and serve straight up in a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

NOTE: The traditional Sidecar adds 15mls fresh orange juice and uses a flamed orange twist for garnish. To make a flamed orange twist, take an orange slice, separate the pulp of the fruit from the rind and squeeze the juice from the pulp into the cocktail.  Then, take the rind/twist and twist it over a flame next to the cocktail. The oil squeezed from the fruit will ignite. Drop the twist into the cocktail. (Resource: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook 2011)

Chin chin,

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