Sidecar cocktail in a coupe glass with a bottle of red liquid behind

Spiced sidecar

  • serves 1
  • Easy

A warming, cold-weather cocktail made using homemade spiced brandy. Omit the spices for a classic sidecar cocktail, or try using bourbon if you can’t find cognac


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  • caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • spiced cognac or cognac 50ml, (see below)
  • Cointreau 25ml
  • lemon juice 25ml, plus a lemon wedge for the glass


  • cardamom pods 4, bruised
  • cinnamon stick 1
  • star anise 1
  • ginger 2 small slices
  • cognac 200ml


  • Step 1

    To make the spiced cognac, put all of the spices and the ginger in the cognac and leave to infuse for 30-45 minutes, tasting after 30 minutes. Leave for longer if you’d like an extra spicy flavour. This will make enough for four drinks, but if you’d like to infuse a whole bottle (around 70cl), then triple the quantities.

  • Step 2

    To make the sidecar, put the caster sugar on a saucer and rub a lemon wedge round the rim of a small coupe glass. Dip the glass rim into the sugar, like you would a margarita glass with salt. Put the rest of the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake well before straining into the frosted coupe glass.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 210
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Carbs 11.3g
  • Sugars 11.2g
  • Fibre 0.1g
  • Protein 0.2g