Try our sidecar cocktail recipe then check out our classic sidecar cocktail, espresso martini and more Christmas cocktail recipes. Also mix up more classic American cocktails, including a sazerac, old fashioned and Manhattan cocktail.


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


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


  • 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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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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