But Fitzpatrick argues that a sidecar is really about the refreshing citrus of the orange liqueur and the lemon juice.
With the cocktail components in the shaker, it’s then time to choose glassware. Either a cocktail glass or the very Jazz Age coupe glass is acceptable. What matters most is that the glass itself is chilled and the ingredients shaken vigorously for a cold, crisp beverage. A stemmed glass ensures that body heat doesn’t prematurely warm up your drink. The sidecar is best sipped during the warmer months, preferably outdoors, the way its early 20th century fans enjoyed it.
Of the countless cocktail recipes to come out of World War I and Prohibition, why has this recipe survived generations and dozens of cocktail trends? Plenty of cocktails from the era have largely fallen out of favor, even as cocktail culture has sought to return us to our roots. For starters, though the sidecar is a drink to make you feel fancy, it’s actually pretty accessible, especially if you’re not going all out with brandy choice.