The Sidecar is a cocktail that came about in Europe at the end of World War 1. It's origins are post Pax Brittanica, and often considered a part of Trans-English Channel rivalry. Both the Ritz Carlton in Paris and The Bucks Club in London lay claim to inventing the drink, the origin of the name inconclusive, a common inception relating to the sidecar which took an American Army General to and from Harry's Bar in Paris.
Traditional recipes quote equal parts Brandy, Cointreau & lemon juice, we like add a bit more Brandy cause we like our drinks to give a little back. Here's our recipe, and a pic of the drink in action down at Sydney's Chow Bar & Eating House.
- 45 ml Brandy (go for some good entry level Cognac such as Frapin VSOP)
- 20 ml Cointreau
- 30 ml fresh lemon juice
- Shake all of the ingredients well, then double strain into a sugar rimmed, chilled Coupette cocktail glass.