The Sidecar of a motorcycle.

The Sidecar: A Classic Cocktail Revisited

The Sidecar is one of those classic cocktails that never goes out of style, much like the fashion of its purported era. A concoction of cognac, Dry Curaçao, and fresh lemon juice, this cocktail exudes sophistication, class, and an old-world charm. And just like the sidecar motorcycle it’s named after, it provides a smooth yet thrilling ride.

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The Sidecar: A Brief History

The Sidecar’s origins are as cloudy as a stirred martini, with multiple claims to its invention. Some say it was created around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The most popular tale attributes its creation to an American Army captain in Paris during the war. This captain often rode to the bar in a motorcycle sidecar, hence the name.

However, what is unequivocal is the Sidecar’s impact on the cocktail scene. It has stood the test of time, becoming an integral part of the classic cocktail canon.

A Close Cousin

At its core, the Sidecar shares a familial resemblance with the Margarita. Both drinks follow the same base formula – a strong spirit, a citrus, and a sweetener. Where the Margarita opts for tequila, lime, and triple sec, the Sidecar goes for a more continental approach with cognac, lemon, and Dry Curaçao. The resulting drink, though structurally similar to its Mexican cousin, offers a completely unique taste profile.

There’s something magical about the Sidecar’s balance of flavors. The richness of the cognac melds beautifully with the citrusy tartness of the lemon juice, while the Dry Curaçao adds a touch of sweetness that rounds out the drink perfectly.

Next time you want to experience a bit of cocktail history, why not take a ride with the Sidecar? You might just find it becomes a staple in your home bar.

Do you have your own take on the Sidecar? Share your recipes or suggestions in the comments below. Let’s explore the world of cocktails together!

Now, let’s get to the most exciting part – the making of a Sidecar. Here’s my preferred approach:

The Sidecar Cocktail x2 by a cobbler shaker and lemon half


Explore the history and making of the Sidecar cocktail. Learn its relation to the Margarita and how to create the perfect Sidecar at home.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Unknown Origins
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 230 kcal


  • 2 oz cognac Hennessy Privilege
  • 1 oz Dry Curaçao
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  • Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Keyword cognac drink, prohibition era drinks, shaken drinks, straight up

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