The Side Car

This is perhaps my favorite drink.  The English novelist with one leg, who gave me the next nickname Tom Poet, introduced me to this drink. He drank like a man with a hollow leg.  His joke not mine.  IF HE WANTED TO BE A COMEDIAn I told him he had no leg to stand on.  That’s how it went on “The Deck” in the sun with the drinks flowing.  This may be the best drink that came out of prohibition.  Sometimes you make the best of what you have.  There is a legend behind the Sidecar as well.



Check out the legend here.





  • 1 1/2 oz Brandy 

  • 1 oz Cointreua

  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

  • Lemon twist for garnish

  • sugar for rimming (optional)


  1. If desired, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a lemon twist

  6. Get hammered

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