Sidecar Cocktail

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The Sidecar Cocktail is a classic drink filled with citrusy flavors.

Made with Cognac, Cointreau, and a few simple ingredients, it’s the perfect drink to enjoy as summer turns to fall.

There’s no shortage of amazing drink recipes out there, and this Sidecar Cocktail is a classic cocktail to add to your rotation! Made with the perfect amount of sweetness and tang, you can sip this beverage well into fall and all year long.

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Sidecar Cocktail


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What is a Sidecar Cocktail?

A Sidecar is a classic lemon-orange cocktail that requires just a few simple ingredients. There are a lot of variations, but this particular recipe calls for some superfine sugar, a lemon wedge, Cognac, Cointreau (or another triple sec orange liqueur), a little lemon juice, and some ice.

Why is it Called a Sidecar?

Legend has it that the first sidecar was mixed up in London or Paris during World War I, and was named after the seat that attaches to motorcycles! It’s also thought that the original version had more ingredients that were whittled down over the years.

Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or you love hosting parties, it never hurts to have a few classic drink recipes like this or a Wine Spritzer up your sleeve. Up your mixed drink game by making this Sidecar recipe throughout the fall season!

Two sugar rimmed glasses of Sidecar Cocktail

What is Superfine Sugar?

In case you were wondering, superfine sugar is sugar that’s ground until it’s … well … superfine! This helps it dissolve faster, so if you fancy yourself a mixologist, it may be a good idea to have some of this stuff on hand.

You can usually find superfine sugar at the grocery store, but if you’re in a pinch, you can just make it yourself. Simply put regular granulated sugar in a food processor and blend until it reaches the desired consistency.

Sidecar Cocktail in a sugar rimmed glass with a orange peel garnish

This Sidecar Drink recipe is full of bright citrus flavor, it’s not quite as fruity as a Mai Tai, but its burnt sunset color makes it festive to serve during late summer shindigs, early fall bonfires, Halloween parties, and even Thanksgiving feasts!

When it comes to making a signature beverage for your upcoming get-togethers, impress guests with this fresh take on a classic cocktail!

To garnish these drinks, rub a lemon wedge on half the rim of a glass, then dip it into sugar. This gives you an extra dose of that sweet and zesty taste with every sip!

Here are a few more delicious cocktail recipes:

Two sidecar cocktails in glasses with lemon
Servings: 2 drinks
Sidecar Cocktail
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Author: Rebecca
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: French
Keyword: sidecar cocktail

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail filled with citrusy flavors. Made with Cognac, Cointreau, and a few simple ingredients, it’s the perfect drink to enjoy as summer turns to fall.

  • lemon wedge
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 4 ounces Cognac
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • orange peel to garnish
  1. Use the lemon wedge to wet the rim of two glasses then dip the glasses upside down onto a plate with the superfine sugar to get an even coating on the rim. Let dry for a few minutes.

  2. Combine the Cognac, Triple Sec, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and pour into the glasses. Garnish with an orange peel.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 291, Sodium: 3mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin C: 5.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Side view of a sugar rimmed glass of a Sidecar Cocktail



Sugar & Soul is where Rebecca blends her traditional roots and millennial imagination. She is a self taught baker, photographer and traveler with a business degree and a dream. Rebecca is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and currently resides in Central Maine. Rebecca will definitely inspire you to bake a batch of cookies or head off on a new adventure!

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