Ridealong Cocktail Recipe

With cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon, the Sidecar is one of those unappreciated classics that we adore, boozy but still crisp and light. Here, we swap in grapefruit liqueur and up the cognac just a bit.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

A riff on a classic Sidecar, this drink uses the grapefruit liqueur pamplemousse to make an even brighter, livelier twist on the original mix of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon. It couldn't be easier to make for parties; multiply each ingredient by the number of drinks you need, stir it all up in one pitcher, and pour out into coupes, holding the ice back. Have your grapefruit twists ready to go.

Reprinted with permission from Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail by Carey Jones and John McCarthy, copyright © 2018. Published by Countryman Press.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Makes: 1 drink

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  • 2 ounces (60ml) cognac
  • 1 ounce (30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce (30ml) pamplemousse
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • One 3- to 4-​inch grapefruit peel, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients except grapefruit peel in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then double-​strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with grapefruit peel, spritzed skin side down over the surface of the drink before being added to the cocktail.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer

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