According to Robert Vermeire's 1922 Cocktails: How to Mix Them, the sidecar was invented by the celebrated bartender MacGarry of London's Buck's Club.

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  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Sugar
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup, optional

How to make this recipe

  1. Moisten half of the outer <a href="/articles/cocktail-basics-techniques#rimmingaglass">rim</a> of a chilled coupe with the lemon wedge and coat lightly with sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into the coupe.

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