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Introducing a colorful cocktail with a colorful history. This sour trio of lemon juice, cointreau and brandy came into play during Prohibition. It was an instant hit then, and is still revered today. Pucker up for the Sidecar! Lizzie, Recipe Hunter

Lizzie Tilchin


The Sidecar Cocktail

Something Sour to Sip on the Side

Here, we have an old-school cocktail whose popularity traces back to the notoriously not-so-cocktail-friendly era of Prohibition. The exact birthplace of the Sidecar and the origin of its name are a little hazy, and may or may not have to do with a patron of a Parisian bistro with a habit of showing up in the sidecar of a buddy’s motorcycle. Simply a trio of lemon juice, cointreau and brandy, this classic cocktail is full of tangy citrus notes, mildly sweet and a beautiful glowing orange. Sam over at Today’s Nest has got the blueprint for stirring up the perfect sidecar, complete with a diagram, a little peek at the drink’s history and a twist of lemon. To balance the acidity of the citrus, Sam includes a sugared rim, a hallmark of the Sidecar. For anyone with an affinity for sipping on something sour, this is a must-try.


Sam Henderson

Food and Lifestyle Stylist/Photographer

Sam Henderson - Today's Nest

I cook from the heart. I like to create simple food that can be enjoyed with all of the senses. Trying new foods or incorporating them into something familiar is all part of the adventure.

Sam is the Creative Director over at Today’s Nest, a fruitful blog dedicated to travel, arts, design, entertainment, and, of course, food and drink. One way that we can describe Sam that captures all of his different skills and experiences is as a lifestyle expert. He started out pursuing a career in fashion, took a dip into the financial industry, honed a love for photography and, lucky for us, found his way over to Today’s Nest. This hub has plenty to offer, including the inside scoop on what’s tasty and trendy, beautiful instructional videos (such as this artistic piece showing the recipe for a Very Berry Tart), and ultra-creative DIYS – can you say, galvanized pipe vas? Whether you’re seeking a new craft or looking to put something delicious on your plate, you’ll be glad that you stopped by.

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