Breaking Down the: Sidecar

The Sidecar’s origins are unclear as with many other cocktail recipes that have been conceived over the years. A French bar and an English bar take claim to its invention. It is known however, that it is a close relative of the Brandy Crusta. A New Orleans drink created at the Jewel of the South, by bar owner, Joseph Santini. 


The iconic name is derived from the attachment of a motorcycle in the 1920’s, as it was commonly used back then.

The cocktail consists of cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Mariner), freshly squeezed lemon juice, and an orange twist as a garnish. A sugar coated rim is optional as well. 


The Sidecar is considered somewhat of a challenge to bartenders due to the accurate proportions they must mix. If the ingredients are overdone it will lead to the drink becoming too bitter or too sweet. 




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