The Sidecar

  • Serves

    serves 2


This classic cocktail was likely invented at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, circa 1931. For best results, use a good quality cognac when making this elegant libation.


  • 1 lemon
  • Superfine sugar
  • 3 oz. cognac
  • 1 oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 2 slices lemons


instruction 0

Juice lemon, reserving rinds. Rub rims of two stemmed cocktail glasses with pulp side of lemon rind, then dip moistened rims into a saucer of sugar.

instruction 1

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add reserved lemon juice, cognac, and Cointreau; shake well. Strain into sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish each with a slice of lemon.

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