Side Car

  • 2oz.  Cognac brandy
  • 1oz.  Cointreau
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon Juice
Fill shaker with ice and add ingredients. Stir and then strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist. (noun)

  1. a small, low vehicle attached to the side of a motorcycle for carrying passengers.
  2. a cocktail of brandy and lemon juice with orange liqueur.

The sidecar was first introduced during World War I as an attachment to military motorcycles. After the war, it became popular in Europe among young men who could not afford a motorcar and the sidecar was an alternative and cool option.

According to legend, this drink was made by accident.  On this subject, Stanley Clisby Arthur wrote, "An innkeeper of France, confused and excited by the news of damage to his side car, combined separate orders of cognac brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice into a single drink” (Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix’em, 52).  It’s also believed that this event happened at The Ritz Hotel in Paris after World War I in 1922.

Needless to say, that this concoction caught on and made it’s way via France to the isle of America (the city of New Orleans in particular). We salute this wonderful accident and find delight in its serendipitous nature. Sante’!