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The Sidecar is a direct descendant of the Brandy Crusta, a long-forgotten New Orleans drink that has enjoyed something of a comeback in the last couple of years. How it got its name is a source of debate: Both a French and English bar claim to have invented the combination of cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice for a customer who arrived at the location in the sidecar of a motorcycle.
Bar veteran Dale DeGroff, however, says the drink’s name references the mixture that’s left in the shaker after straining and served in a shot glass on the side. This little treat is called, that’s right, a sidecar.
- 1 1/2 ounce cognac
- 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: orange twist
- Garnish: sugar rim (optional)
Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar, if desired, and set aside.
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.