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Side Car Cocktail Recipe

Jul 17, 2017 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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The International Bartenders Association lists the Side Car as one of the “unforgettable” cocktails, along with such classics as the Daquiri and Negroni. It is a tart, citrus based drink which is particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

The side car was named for the passenger attachment on the side of motorcycle. The drink was invented some time after the First World War, when sidecars were commonplace and many had been used for transportation by the armed forces. Motorcycles in general were extremely popular prior to the 1920s, when most people couldn’t afford a car. The sidecar was a more comfortable way to carry a passenger, and de rigueur for transporting women. The use of the sidecar had all but disappeared by the 1950s.

The French version of this popular cocktail calls for equal parts of all ingredients, but we’re giving you the recipe from the English school. It doubles up on the brandy for a drier taste, yet still allows for the flavour of the orange liqueur to shine.

The recipe for a Side Car also includes sugar syrup, which is just equal parts of sugar and water heated until the crystals dissolve. Add a teaspoon of vodka to your syrup and any leftovers will last for several months.

Here’s what you need to make a Side Car:

Ingredients

  • 30ml Cognac
  • 15ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • Lemon slice to garnish

Preparation

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the Cognac and Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
  3. Pour in the lemon juice and sugar syrup
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Strain into a cocktail glass
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Cocktail glass

TAGS

cocktail, lemon, sugar, syrup, side car

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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.

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