How to Make a Sidecar Cocktail

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a Sidecar.

Released on 12/19/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

00:09
Hi this is Eben Freeman at Tailor Bar in Soho.
00:13
Going to make a sidecar.
00:15
Sidecar is a classic cocktail.
00:16
Really almost the national cocktail of France.
00:18
There's a lot of different versions of this.
00:20
The classic version the one you should always stick to
00:22
is very simple.
00:23
It's a three two one ratio.
00:25
Meaning three parts cognac,
00:27
two parts cointreau,
00:28
and one part lemon juice.
00:30
To make this drink I like to use a cobbler shaker
00:33
to do three parts it's simple,
00:35
I'm going to do an ounce and a half cognac.
00:38
One and a half ounce jigger.
00:49
Then I'm going to do one ounce of cointreau.
01:02
And finally a half ounce of lemon juice.
01:04
And this is where most people go wrong.
01:07
They put way too much lemon juice in there
01:08
and therefore they have to put sugar in there to dilute it.
01:12
Really if you do this classically there's enough
01:14
sugar in the cointreau to give you the sweetness
01:16
that you need in the drink.
01:18
You'll get a little bit more sweetness off the sugar
01:19
on the rim if you choose to do that at the end.
01:22
The way to put sugar on the rim of the glass
01:24
is quite simple actually.
01:25
You just want to take a lemon wedge
01:27
and wet the outside of your glass.
01:29
I like to come down about a quarter of an inch
01:31
from the top.
01:33
And then just put some superfine sugar on a plate.
01:37
And just roll your glass around in it.
01:43
The sugar only adheres to where it's been moistened
01:45
and so it makes a pretty even edge.
01:47
It's also important when doing this
01:48
and also a margarita
01:50
is that the sugar isn't on the top so that
01:52
it falls in the drink.
01:53
It really should be on the lips not in the drink itself.
01:56
So here we have our cognac
01:57
we have our cointreau and our lemon juice.
02:00
Going to add some ice to that.
02:02
We use one of these nice irregular pieces.
02:07
And just a few pieces of my cheater ice in there
02:10
to create good agitation.
02:12
You want to shake that long hard and vigorously.
02:28
To finish the drink you should have
02:29
your glass already rimmed
02:31
so that you don't have to wait while the drink sits.
02:34
Just crush that and pour that straight into the glass.
02:41
That is the classic cognac cocktail of France,
02:43
the sidecar.