The classic from the 1920s
Sidecar Cocktail Rezept
Prohibitions (1920 - 1933)
Created by:
Robert Vermeires

The Sidecar Cocktail is one of the classics of bar culture. It is a modified version of the Brandy Daisy. The sidecar was first mentioned in the early 1920s by Harry MacElhone and Robert Vermeires. However, it is believed that it was created at the time of the First World War. The Sidecar is one of the many further developments of the Sours.

The Sidecar is found in two different mix ratios. The classic French school relies on a mixing ratio of 1:1:1, while the modern English school bills the short drink with twice the amount of cognac in a 2:1:1 ratio. My personal favorite is the “English version”, which is also used here in the recipe. If you want to try historical version, use 40 ml of all ingredients.

  • Prep Time2 min
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time3 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size120 ml
  • Energy246 cal
  • Cuisine
    • französisch
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Shaken


For the sidecar

  • 60 ml cognac
  • 30 ml fresh organic lemon juice
  • 30 ml Cointreau
  • Ice cube
  • Lemon zest (garnish)



Wash lemon hot, rub dry vigorously with a towel. Using a peeler, peel off a large zest and set aside for garnish later. Squeeze the lemon with the help of a citrus juicer.
Fill the shaker* with a handful of ice cubes, add all ingredients over the ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds until condensation forms on the outside. Strain the drink through a bar strainer into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon zest. Ready is your homemade Sidecar Cocktail!

If you like, you can add a sugar rim to the cocktail bowl. The sugar somewhat balances the acidity of the lemon juice. With Zuckerand, the cocktail is also known as Sidecar Up and can be found on many cards.

  • Nährwerte

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size120 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories246
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Carbohydrate8.9 g275 g3.24%
  • Total Sugars7.7 g
  • Protein0.1 g50 g0.2%
  • Calcium3.3 mg1300 mg0.25%
  • Iron0.1 mg18 mg0.56%
  • Potassium41.4 mg4700 mg0.88%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)15.9 mg90 mg17.67%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)0.1 IU33 IU0.3%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.012 mg1.2 mg1%
  • Phosphorus3.3 mg1250 mg0.26%
  • Iodine0.45 mcg150 mcg0.3%
  • Magnesium6 mg420 mg1.43%
  • Chloride1.2 mg2300 mg0.05%
  • Alkohol28.8 g

The history of the Sidecar Cocktail

As with many classic cocktails, the exact genesis of the Sidecar is unknown. Based on its similarity to Brandy Daisy, which was first mentioned by Jerry Thomas in 1876, it is reasonable to assume that it was invented before it was first mentioned in writing.

It first appeared in 1922 in the two books Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone and Cocktails and How to Mix Them by Robert Vermeires.

In the first editions of MacElhone’s work, he attributed the invention of the sidecar to Robert Vermeires, a London bartender. In later editions, Vermeires was no longer mentioned and MacElhone referred to himself as the inventor.

David A. Embury, who listed the Sidecar as one of six basic cocktails in his book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1948), attributed the drink to an American Army captain. The latter is said to have been stationed in Paris during the First World War.

The short drink is said to have received its name from the captain’s typical vehicle. The latter loved his motorcycle with sidecar, which in English is simply called a sidecar.

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