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Sidecar to pick a bar

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or another triple sec), and lemon juice.

A great little social lube popular in France and coming onto the scene after World War I, the Sidecar has no clearly established “maker,” but it’s the drink of choice when I need to ease into a new bar. See, if you consistently ask for the same drink time and time again, you’ll discover where bartenders differ in their executions.

I do this for French Onion Soup too – it’s not easy to mess up, but you know when you’re having one that’s better than all the others. The Sidecar is a classic but not so over-the-top that you can’t order that with any regularity; you’ll fit in just fine. The standard way to serve the drink is in a martini glass which I hate and sugar rimmed. There’s a way around that…

Ask for it right: Sidecar, short glass with sugar rim, please. You might also get a new favorite bartender.

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