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The Sidecar Cocktail 5 Ways

Posted: 09/14/2012 9:50 am

While the exact origins of the Sidecar are unclear, we have it on good authority that it was invented in either London or Paris right around the end of World War I—which doesn't narrow things down all that much.

There is also a less solidly supported (but great-sounding) story that the drink was named for an American Army captain who enjoyed rattling around in a motorcycle sidecar, presumably while wearing aviator goggles and muttering terse, Hemingway-esque quips.

No matter when or who created the Sidecar, it generally contains cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice.

But over the last century, this simple formula has been tailored to fit the tastes of bartenders around the globe. Here are five ways to make the Sidecar. Enjoy!

The Classic Sidecar
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Before we start talking about Sidecar variations, we need a sturdy foundation. So, our basic recipe, which we got from master mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff, is one-and-a-half ounces cognac (no need to go expensive; a VS or VSOP is just fine), three-quarters of an ounce orange liqueur and three-quarters of an ounce fresh lemon juice. One of the keys to making this drink is the fresh lemon juice; you'll taste a big difference.

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