Spiritous, bright, and as popular today as the day it was created, the Sidecar is a classic sour cocktail made with cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. It’s traditionally made to be on the slightly sour side of balanced, occasionally served in a glass with a sugared rim, and is always the life of the soiree.

WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF THE SIDECAR?

The most well-known descendant of the Crusta—a delightful, sugar crusted sour that was one of the first great drinks published by legend Jerry Thomas in 1862—the Sidecar made its debut early in the Roaring Twenties. It appeared in both Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails and Robert Vermeire’s Cocktails: How to Mix Them in 1922. Like the Crusta, the Sidecar was built on Cognac (a brandy), lemon juice, and an orange liqueur, streamlined without the Crusta’s Maraschino accent.

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