The sidecar serves as the foundation for many of the most popular cocktails of the last century: the Margarita, the Daiquiri, the Cosmopolitan, and the Kamikaze, to name a few. The cocktail originated in Paris shortly after the first World War.


Serves: 1




1.Apply sugar rim to cocktail glass.

2.Combine ingredients over ice.

3.Shake and strain into glass.

4.Add lemon twist.


  • David Embury, who claims to know the drink's inventor, suggests an 8:2:1 ratio.
  • Robert Hess suggests a ratio of 4:2:1, and insists on Cognac and Cointreau.
  • In practice, most customers apparently expect a brandy-based Margarita.
  • Steve Jaffe offers a K.I.S.S. approach by simply exchanging the brandy and sugar rim for the tequila and salt rim in your favorite Margarita recipe to maintain a parallel flavor profile when introducing your Margarita drinkers to the Sidecar.


  • Sidecar from the Wikibooks Bartending Guide -- original source of recipe, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

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