A rye sidecar is a fresh, new take on a classic bar cocktail. Legend has it that the original sidecar, made with brandy and a splash of orange, was invented at Harry McElhone’s legendary New York Bar in Paris, France. It is said that he invented it for a regular customer who often arrived at the bar in the sidecar of a motorcycle driven by his chauffeur. This recipe makes two rye sidecars, though it can be halved if you are only making one drink.

Things You'll Need

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Pour in the rye whiskey, Cointreau liqueur and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Replace the cap on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. You do not have to worry about bruising the alcohol.

Using the strainer, transfer the drinks into two old-fashioned or sours glasses half-filled with ice cubes.

Garnish each drink with a bit of orange zest. Serve immediately.


  • For another interesting variation on the classic sidecar cocktail, use high-quality bourbon instead of rye whiskey or brandy, and add just a touch of sweet red vermouth. Serve in a martini glass straight up.