Legendary mixologist Dale DeGroff explains the name of this classic in The Essential Cocktail: "If the bartender misses his mark on ingredient quantities so...there's a bit left over in the shaker, he pours that little extra into a shot glass on the side—that little glass is called a sidecar." Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 



  • 1 orange wedge and sugar

  • 1 1/2 ounces VSOP Cognac

  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1 orange twist, for garnish

  • Ice


  1. Moisten the outer rim of a chilled coupe with the orange wedge and coat lightly with sugar. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the prepared coupe. Pinch the orange twist over the drink and add to the coupe.

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