Rhubarb Sidecar Recipe

Rhubarb Sidecar Recipe

[Photographs: Autumn Giles]

This fruit-forward take on the classic Sidecar uses pear brandy, orange liqueur, and rhubarb shrub. I used Williams Pear Brandy from Clear Creek Distillery. It's a bit of a splurge, but completely worth it.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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  • Yield:serves 2
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • Sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
  • 3 ounces pear brandy, such as Clear Creek
  • 1 1/2 ounces Rhurbarb Shrub
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup


  1. 1.

    Moisten the rims of 2 cocktail glasses and rim with sugar if desired. Add pear brandy, rhubarb shrub, orange liqueur, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into prepared glasses and serve immediately.