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Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

It’s cocktail time. And what better cocktail to make than a classic bourbon sidecar.
By Sarah Schiffman

Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

At home, I typically serve this drink in whatever glass I can find, but at Sun Liquor, they put it in a pretty sugar-lined martini glass. To be honest, I like it so much that I would most likely drink it out of the bartenders cupped hands, so feel free to serve it any way you like.

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Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

Perfect Bourbon Sidecar

  • Author: Sarah Schiffman, adapted from the New York Times
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


It’s cocktail time. And what better cocktail to make than a classic bourbon sidecar.


  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice plus extra for rim of glass
  • 1 ounce good bourbon ( I like Bulleit)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • Sugar for rim of glass (optional)


  1. Prepare your glass by rubbing the rim with a little lemon juice. If desired, place glass rim side down on a plate with sugar and twirl it around until the edge of glass is lightly covered in sugar. Fill a shaker with ice and add the lemon juice, bourbon, and Cointreau. Put the lid on tight, flex your muscles, and shake the heck out of it- this will get you the pretty pieces of ice on the surface of your drink. Fill your glass and sip away.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Drink
View Comments (3)
  • Hmmmm – sounds pretty sweet, especially with bourbon. Why mess with a classic?

    Try a real Sidecar:

    2 oz. Brandy ( I like Pierre Ferrand
    1 oz. Cointreau or good triple sec
    3/4 oz. lemon juice

  • Yep. More Brandy (or Bourbon if you like) and less lemon. I find a 3:2:1 ratio is nice. 3 Brandy (and now that I write this I’d say 3 Cognac), 2 Cointreau and 1 Lemon juice. You may drink it all and find 1/2 of your sugar rimmed glass still covered with sugar. I like it on the rocks.

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