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Two sidecar cocktails in couple glasses garnished with lemon slices.
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5 from 3 votes

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

This easy to make classic cocktail is light and bright and citrusy. Perfect for happy hour! For a group, mix up a pitcher ahead of time and shake each drink as needed.
Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Adult Beverage, Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Sidecar Cocktail
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Anna

Special Equipment

  • Coupe shaped cocktail glass or martini glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 parts Cognac
  • 1 part Cointreau, or Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Sugar, to rim the glass
  • 1 lemon slice, for garnish, optional


  • Fill your shaker with ice, then add the Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Let sit for a moment.
  • Rub a slice of lemon on the rim of your glass then invert the glass in a saucer of sugar to coat the rim.
  • Shake the drink well several times, then strain into the prepared glass.
  • With a sharp knife cut from the middle to the edge of the lemon slice. Then slide that onto the rim of the glass.
  • Enjoy!
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Serving: 3ounces | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.5g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2.5g | Calcium: 2mg