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The Sidecar serves as the foundation for many of the most popular cocktails of the last century: the Margarita, the Daiquiri, the Cosmopolitan, and the Kamikaze, to name a few. The cocktail originated in Paris shortly after the first World War.

The appellation of this cocktail is said to have come from its originator, who always traveled in a motorcycle sidecar. It consists of Brandy, orange-flavored Liqueur (such as Triple Sec) and lemon juice, shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass.

  • Sidecar from the Wikibooks Bartending Guide—original source of recipe, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
  • Serves: 1




  1. rim cocktail glass with sugar
  2. Combine ingredients in a Cocktail Shaker with ice
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into glass
  5. Garnish with lemon twist


  • David Embury, who claims to know the drink's inventor, suggests an 8:2:1 ratio.
  • Robert Hess suggests a ratio of 4:2:1, and insists on Cognac and Cointreau.
  • In practice, most customers apparently expect a brandy-based Margarita.
  • Steve Jaffe offers a K.I.S.S. approach by simply exchanging the brandy and sugar rim for the tequila and salt rim in your favorite Margarita recipe to maintain a parallel flavor profile when introducing your Margarita drinkers to the Sidecar.