Luscious Libations: Recipe for a Sidecar Cocktail

By Elaine Magliaro

This sidecar cocktail recipe is for my cyber-buddy Blouise. It’s a great drink to serve during the holiday season.

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  • 4 ounces Cognac
  • 3 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup


  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in all ingredients listed above and shake vigorously.
  • Pour cocktail mixture–along with the ice–into old-fashioned glasses.  Add more ice, if needed.
  • You can also serve the sidecars straight up in martini glasses.


  • Before pouring the cocktail mixture into the glasses, sugar the rims by running a wedge of lemon around them. Then dip the rims in sugar.
  • Plump a handful of dried cherries in an ounce or more of Cognac by heating in microwave for 40-50 seconds on high. Thread several cherries on small wooden skewers. Place skewers on top of the cocktail glasses.
  • Note: You can use the skewers as swizzle sticks to stir your drink. It adds a little extra flavor.

NOTE: This recipe makes 2-3 drinks.

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2 Responses to Luscious Libations: Recipe for a Sidecar Cocktail

  1. blouise says:

    Thanx. Will make next week in celebration

  2. Anonymouly Yours says:

    Would love to try one…. …… …..

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