Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The Sidecar cocktail is a simple three ingredient drink to come out of Prohibition, made with a base of brandy or Cognac that is both sweet and sour.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The origins of the drink remain disputed but the Sidecar is derived from the Brandy Crusta, which is the precursor to the Margarita and has inspired other drinks such as the Daiquiri.

The recipes for the Sidecar cocktail are as varied as the origins of the drink. Some recipes state a 1:1:1 ratio of brandy:lemon:triple sec while others double the brandy in a 2:1:1 ratio. It’s best to experiment to your taste. You can also sugar the rim of the glass by running a cut lemon around it and dipping in fine castor sugar.

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe


  • 40 ml brandy such as St Agnes XO
  • 20 ml triple sec
  • 20 ml fresh lemon juice

Glassware: coupette


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all the ingredients and shake until well combined and chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and serve.

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Sidecar Cocktail Recipe was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.