The Sidecar

It’s the Platinum Jubilee, so let’s go classic and recreate this awesome 1920s cocktail

A Sidecar is a sour, cognac-based drink, served in a martini or gimlet style glass. The original recipe calls for equal parts brandy, triple sec and lemon juice, but these days mixologists have upped the content of brandy. The original recipe also calls for a sugar rim around the glass, but again this is less common nowadays.


• 50ml cognac

• 25ml triple sec

• 25ml lemon juice

• Handful of ice

• Dash of Angostura bitters (optional)


Put a coupe glass in the fridge to chill. Tip all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold, then strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. If the lemon juice is too sharp, add the bitters to taste. You can sugar the rim of your glass if you like. Serve.