Sidecar cocktail: A Prohibition cocktail rooted in simplicity

Side Car cocktail, photo provided by Cointreau
Side Car cocktail, photo provided by Cointreau /

As the anniversary of Prohibition is remembered, a Prohibition cocktail, like the Sidecar cocktail, needs to be revisited. In some ways, simplicity is always in vogue.

The Sidecar cocktail is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. While this Prohibition cocktail might have a storied past, the simplicity of the cocktail keeps it fresh over the years. Are you ready to shake one up?

Prohibition marked a 13-year period where alcohol was prohibited in the U.S. While there were some exceptions, many people found ways to imbibe. From the darken rooms of the secret speak easy to the stash hidden in their homes, alcohol wasn’t totally eliminated from the world.

With many people revisiting the Roaring 20s and the culture of that time period, some classic cocktails are having a moment, again. In many ways, those cocktails rooted in simplicity are celebrated because of their distinct flavors.

Where many modern cocktails experiment with various flavors, complex ingredients and other techniques, the simple cocktails deserve their moment to shine. One such cocktail is the Sidecar.

While there are variations on this classic cocktail, the Sidecar is really just three ingredients, a lovely cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

Since this cocktail is so simple, the ingredients, themselves, really shine. It is not time to skimp with the liquor choices.

Here’s the Sidecar recipe from Cointreau.

"The SidecarIngredients:0.75 oz Cointreau1.5 oz Rémy Martin VSOP cognac0.75 oz fresh lemon juiceCombine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice.Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist."

While the sugar-rimmed cocktail is an option, it can be omitted. Actually, a candied lemon twist is a lovely alternative. It offers the sweetness without being overpowering.

The Sidecar cocktail has had numerous versions over the years. Even Epcot took a twist with a chocolate version. Each version has a nod to the classic yet finds something unique that impresses.

As people take a moment to look back at the roaring 20s, it can be a wonderful opportunity to revisit these simple, classic cocktails. The Sidecar cocktail is a perfect choice.

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What is your favorite classic cocktail? Do you appreciate simple cocktails or something more complex?