Signature Cocktail | The Sidecar

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Above: This early 1900’s home is the perfect backdrop for mixing up a turn of the century cocktail recipe. Take a tour of the whole home restoration here— preferably with a sidecar in hand.

An iconic cocktail straight from Paris

I don’t know what it is that makes this one of my favourite cocktails more; the fact that it’s a French classic, that it’s from the glamorous 1920’s , or that the first time I made the perfect version at home was for a cozy dinner party with my best friends. Spirit forward, with a lemony twist, this iconic French cocktail is a must have in your own repertoire.

lemon being sliced for sidecar cocktail recipe, bright, close up image of lemon featuring hands and a cutting board
megan baker mixing sidecar cocktail in french bistro kitchen, white heritage space with black and white artwork and cocktail ingredients on a tray

The recipe that’s become my at home standard comes from David Lebovitz, an American chef and writer who, bien sûr, lives in Paris. His book Drinking French was recommended to me by a knowing friend just days after if was published and I’ve been obsessed ever since! The sidecar cocktail recipe below is as he shares it, and I highly recommend adding the whole book to your bar library.

The Sidecar Cocktail

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • Lemon twist or slice for garnish

How – to

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add all liquid ingredients and shake until well chilled
  • Strain into a coupe glass
  • Add a garnish of your choice — a lemon twist is the most classic, or try a dehydrated lemon slice for a chic alternative

sidecar cocktail in a coupe glass with gold rim
sidecar cocktail with dehydrated lemon slice garnish, white marble countertops with black cutting board

Enjoy mixing up a sidecar cocktail for you family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend. Cheers!

Megan Baker

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