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The Sidecar

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. The Sidecar Classic CocktailToday, most Sidecars are crafted with added syrup or a sugared rim garnish. However, a proper Sidecar has no added sugar and is boozy with a sharp citrus finish.

The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims origin of the drink. The first recipes for the Sidecar appear in 1922, in Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails and Robert Vermeire’s Cocktails and How to Mix Them.

2 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac
1 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1 oz Lemon Juice
Orange Peel

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain the liquid into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.

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