The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, with some saying it was named after an American army captain in Paris during World War I who was driven to his favourite bistro in a sidecar, while first mention of the cocktail states it is named because it takes the “drinker for a ride”. Either way, it first appeared in Robert Vermiere’s Cocktails: How to Mix Them in 1922 and was one of the most popular cocktails in Paris and London in the first half of the twentieth century.
• 2 parts Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif cognac
• 1/2 part lemon juice
• 1/5 part sugar syrup
• 1/2 orange liqueur
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake hard for a short time. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.