Bourbon Sidecar
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Bourbon Sidecar
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.97 / 5
A variant on the classic Sidecar, this one uses bourbon instead of the cognac/brandy base. A variant on the classic Sidecar, this one uses bourbon instead of the cognac/brandy base.
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Base ingredient
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Bourbon
Garnish
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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30% | 3.6 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bourbon Sidecar revamps the classic cognac tipple by introducing bourbon, yielding a smokier, bolder variation. The zesty lemon juice and the sweet touch of Cointreau perfectly cut through the bourbon's robust character, creating a cocktail that's as refreshing as it is hearty.

Method
How to make a Bourbon Sidecar

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How should the Bourbon Sidecar cocktail be properly shaken?

The Bourbon Sidecar should be made by adding the bourbon, Cointreau, and lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds to ensure it's well-chilled, then strain it into a cocktail glass. Proper shaking techniques help to blend the ingredients thoroughly and create a smooth texture.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish is recommended for a Bourbon Sidecar?

A classic garnish for the Bourbon Sidecar is a twist of lemon peel. This not only adds a decorative touch but also introduces an aromatic element to the drink. To garnish, simply twist a strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its essential oils, then rub the peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the bourbon in a Bourbon Sidecar with another type of whiskey?

Yes, you can substitute the bourbon with another type of whiskey if desired. Rye whiskey is a popular alternative that offers a spicier flavor profile, while Scotch whisky could introduce a smoky character. However, keep in mind that these substitutions will alter the original flavor of the Bourbon Sidecar.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal serving temperature for a Bourbon Sidecar?

The ideal serving temperature for a Bourbon Sidecar is chilled, but not overly diluted. Shaking the cocktail with ice and then straining it into a cocktail glass ensures it is at the perfect cold temperature for sipping. Serve immediately after shaking to maintain the cold temperature and optimal dilution.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving a Bourbon Sidecar?

The Bourbon Sidecar, with its balanced combination of sweetness, tartness, and alcohol warmth, is ideally suited for cocktail hours, dinner parties, or sophisticated gatherings. Its elegant presentation and classic flavor profile make it a versatile choice that can complement a range of occasions, from casual to formal.

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