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Cognac, triple sec, lemon juice

The Sidecar (by 1922, France) is the most famous cognac cocktail, and the second-most famous “new school” daisy (to the Margarita). The drink appears to have emerged from hotel scene in the French Riviera. The Sidecar enjoyed particular popularity in the 1920s in both Europe and even in American speakeasies, and remains a favorite of many, today.

Some prefer the simple equal-parts recipe, while others adjust the drink toward something more like 2:1:1.


Shake with ice:

  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 643–4; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz