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The Friday Cocktail: Sidecar

World War I, London, Paris, and sprinkle some Ritz on top. This week's drink brings back cognac to the table; here is how you make a "Sidecar".

After the brutal World War I, the motorcycle became an increasingly popular way of transportation. And more so, a bike with a sidecar was extra convenient when going around town or heading for a weekend trip to the countryside. Perhaps by now, you have realized what this week's drink will be, no other than the infamous sidecar. Named after the motorcycle sidecar.

The history and origin around this drink are often uncertain, and we have serval versions claiming to be the "correct". It's said to have seen the light of day in both Paris and London, so feel free to pick your version. We will go with the Parisian one, since well, we love Paris. In Paris, the Ritz Hotel is a true legend, and the expression "if these walls could speak" has never been more appropriate when talking about The Ritz. A popular choice for the "out and about"-crowd of the early -20s. And it is precisely at The Ritz hotel that the sidecar is born. An American army captain in Paris is being credited for inventing the drink and named it after the sidecar he frequently used.

Did he enjoy a sidecar in his sidecar? We do not know, but we do love this drink, and it sure deserves a revival. The complexity and balance together with that sour bite is what we like most about it, so go try it out!

Sidecar

5 cl cognac

2 cl triple sec

2 cl lemon juice 

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. 

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The Friday Cocktail: Sidecar

World War I, London, Paris, and sprinkle some Ritz on top. This week's drink brings back cognac to the table; here is how you make a "Sidecar".