The Sidecar

According to cocktail expert Dale DeGroff, the Sidecar--said to be invented in the 1930s--is an update of a much older drink called the Brandy Crusta. While many bartenders consider the sugar rim essential to both drinks, Jonny Raglin asks people their preference. "If no rim, then I simply garnish the drink with a twist."

  • Servings: Makes one drink
KEY: Christmas, Cocktail Party, Father's Day, New Year's Eve, Cocktails

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Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 3/4 ounces VSOP Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce orange curaçao
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • 1 orange twist, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the orange twist.

Notes

Simple Syrup: In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar; let cool. Makes about 6 ounces.

Contributed By Published April 2012

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