Ingredients: Cognac or brandy, orange liqueur (such as Cointreau), lemon juice
2 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Twist the rim of a coupe into a plate of sugar so it attaches to the glass’s rim. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into sugar-rimmed coupe and garnish with an orange peel.
Backstory: The sidecar was invented by the celebrated bartender MacGarry of London’s Buck’s Club and it was named after the oddball motorcycle attachment first appeared around the end of the first World War. Uniquely using French ingredients such as Cognac and Cointreau, it became a massive hit.