Classic Sidecar

The Sidecar (aka The French School) is not only one of the more popular cocktails of all time but a common cognac cocktail. The Sidecar has been thought to have originated around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. Given its spirit base, many believe Paris and, in fact, the Ritz Hotel in Paris claims the origin of the drink until this day. Early recipes of the Sidecar started to appear in 1922, in Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABS of Mixing Cocktails.


  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garnish: Lemon Twist
  • Garnish: Sugar Rim


Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled. Prepare the rim of the glass by rubbing it with a little bit of lemon juice and placing the rim down on a plate of sugar. Pour out the drink through a strainer into a cocktail glass or the very age Jazz coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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