May 16, 2013 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Sidecar recipe

A cocktail cornerstone, the sidecar is thought to have been created after the First World War, in either Paris or London. Instead of completely revamping a classic, we’ve stuck quite closely to the traditional formula for success in this recipe. Knock back this classy beverage on a relaxed evening.  


Serves: 2


  • 70g sugar
  • 90ml boiling water
  • 125ml (½ cup) brandy
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) Cointreau
  • juice of 2 limes



Stir together sugar and boiling water in a cocktail shaker, until sugar is dissolved. Stir in brandy, Cointreau and the juice of 2 limes. Fill with ice cubes and shake. Strain into glasses and serve with a twist or slice of lime.

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