The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but the Ritz Hotel in Paris takes credit for it. What we do know is that it was invented during World War I in either London or Paris, and named for the motorcycle attachment, which was commonly used back then.

The Sidecar

  • 1-1/2 oz. Cognac (V.S.O.P. preferred)

  • 1 oz. Dry Curaçao (Orange liqueur)

  • 1/2 oz. Lemon juice

  • Lemon wedge and sugar

The Sidecar



Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Sidecar Cocktail

While the sidecar recipe first appeared in print in 1922, the earliest mention of sugaring the rim did not come until 1934.


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Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!
Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!

Hi, I'm Scott Gardner, your mindful mixologist. While I am not a professional bartender, I have made well over two hundred different and unique cocktails, and invented over fifteen original drinks, including my famous European Vacation, Muzetta's Waltz, and The Cherry Bella, all of which can be found in my book, Lock it, Flip it, Kick it & Shake!

Besides shaking, stirring, and sipping, I also enjoy golfing, reading, and writing. My wife and I both love animals and we have recently gotten into birding, which is a fun and rewarding hobby. And our favorite birds... The Philadelphia Eagles, of course! Go Birds!

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