The Sidecar is one of my favorite classic cocktails due to its flexibility to take on a range of flavors by just changing the main liquor used in the drink. This Cognac Sidecar is both sweet and complex when created with the Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak Cognac. Thank you to Bache-Gabrielsen for sharing a bottle of the American Oak Cognac for development of this recipe. All opinions are my own. Please see my policies regarding sponsored content. This post is intended for audiences of legal drinking age.
A classic sidecar is typically made with lemon juice, orange liquor, and either cognac or brandy. It is deliciously sweet and sour. Variations can be made by substituting the cognac or brandy with another liquor such as Tuaca. YUM. This side car is a fairly classic recipe with just one or two small twists including using a cognac that has been aged in American Oak which gives it a subtly complex flavor.
- 3/4 oz Orange Liquor (Cointreau or Triple Sec work here)
- 3/4 oz mix of freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice
- 1 3/4 oz Bach-Gabrielsen American Oak Cognac
Prep by putting a cocktail glass in the freezer to get chilled, filling a shaker with ice, and squeezing and straining the juice of a lemon and orange.
- Pour the juice mixture, orange liquor, and cognac over the ice in the shaker.
- Shake well to chill.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a bit of lemon peel or a cherry.
About Bach-Gabrielsen American Oak Cognac: The VERY first cognac to be aged in (drum roll….) AMERICAN Oak barrels, the innovative Bache-Gabrielsen family has exclusively released their American Oak Cognac to the good ol’ U-S-of-A. Aged for a minimum of 6 months in brand new Tennessee oak, why not cheers to America with something new, yet old, and of course, with a little French savoir-faire.