The story of who mixed up the first sidecar is a bit like that of most cocktail origins stories. David Embury, in his book entitled The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1948), tells one of these common stories. An article about the creation states it was developed at a Parisian bistro during the First World War by a friend riding in a sidecar on a motorcycle to a favorite bar. Many people believe the establishment to have been Harry’s New York Bar, but there is speculation. Throughout the book, MacElhone mentions that he owned Harry’s New York Bar and that Buck’s Club is also credited with the invention of the French 75. Even though he was a popular bartender of the time, he was also (apparently) honest and was rarely credited for the drinks he invented.
It is still as popular today as it was a century ago and a fantastic introduction to the world of well-balanced cocktails. Originally, there were two options for this recipe: cognac or Armagnac. In either case, you will have one of the most interesting brandy cocktails to mix. Modern bars tend to serve bourbon instead of gin (making it a gin sidecar), and some drinkers enjoy their sidecars with exclusive cherry brandies.
- Consider sipping on a cocktail made with Spain’s brandy de Jerez which has a delicate sweetness.
- Pour most often in a sidecar, bordeaux is poured with ice. In case you decide to purchase a different brand of triple sec, be sure it is of top quality.