Citrus Sidecar Cocktail

A citrus-y, not-too-sweet 20s-era cocktail with fresh lemon and an orange twist.  Grab your cognac and your flapper dress!
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Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

The classic sidecar cocktail is made with cognac or brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.  

Its appearance here was inspired by two things: a bottle of Remy Martin that was gifted to me, and a recent re-read of Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella - wherein a girl from the 20s haunts her niece, hilariously forcing her to wear flapper dresses and order sidecars.

I feel like Sophie and I are old gal pals. I've devoured all of her chick-lit books since the first Shopaholic when I was sixteen. Now before you judge me on literature choice, I do know that they're Kit Kats, not fine chocolates, but she makes me actually laugh out loud, which I love. 

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Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

Who am I kidding, I know you wouldn't have judged me anyway.  We're friends. <3

This cocktail is orangey, and not too sweet, which I like - it's more on the sour side.  The sugar-rimmed glass takes the edge off the tartness. Plus it's super sparkly and pretty. 

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

Citrus Sidecar Cocktail |

P.S. Cocktails are a whole area of excitement and deliciousness that I feel we should really explore more here. Should we have Free-Pour Fridays? Should we?? I think we should. Let's do it.

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  • 2Servings


  • sugar, for rimming glass
  • ice
  • 3 oz cognac or brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec or cointreau
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • orange peel, for garnish


Wet a clean cloth with water and run it around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Immediately turn glasses upside-down in a shallow dish of sugar and twist until the rims are coated.  

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add cognac, triple sec and lemon juice; shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty.