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Sidecars in stemmed glasses.

Sidercar Cocktail Recipe

A Sidecar Cocktail is just the drink to make with that lovely bottle of French cognac Santa got you for Christmas. Shaken and served in an icy cold glass, every sip is rich, citrusy, and smooth as silk.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 149kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac or brandy (3 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur or triple sec (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Ice as needed
  • 1 orange twist for garnish, optional


  • Chill glassware if desired: Coat the outside of a glass with water and freeze until serving time. Or, freeze dry glassware for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  • To coat the rim of glass: Run a lemon wedge around the top of a glass.  Then, dip the top of the glass upside-down in a shallow dish of sugar.
  • Combine cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
  • Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Calories: 149kcal