Turn a classic Sidecar cocktail into a fun fruity fall cocktail with apple brandy!
Not too sweet and totally delicious this is a favorite seasonal cocktail! With apple brandy and apple cider, it's full of fruity flavor.
I can't believe I've been cocktail blogging for this long and haven't included a recipe for a classic sidecar cocktail.
Well, I guess even with this post, it's not a classic sidecar, I've changed it up a bit with apple brandy and apple cider, giving it a glorious fall twist.
The cocktail is rumored to have been created by an American army captain that was stationed in Paris during World War I. Apparently he rode around Paris in a motorcycle sidecar, hence the name. Like most origin stories, there are several variations on this one.
The sidecar probably has it's roots in a Brandy Crusta - another classic cocktail, that I definitely need to try.
What is a sidecar cocktail? A sidecar is basically brandy, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Sometimes with bitters, sometimes not. Sometimes garnished, sometimes not.
Apple brandy - try to find a moderately priced brandy. The cheaper brandies are poorly flavored.
Cointreau - or you favorite orange liqueur, you could also make your one orange liqueur.
Lemon juice - fresh squeezed.
Bitters - I had some El Guapo Holiday Pie Bitters that I thought would compliment it nicely. If you don't have any bitters, you can omit.
Fill a coupe glass with ice to chill.
In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ ounces of apple brandy.
Then add ¾ ounce of orange liqueur.
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of apple cider to the cocktail shaker.
Add a dash of bitters. How much is a dash? A dash is usually considered ⅛ of a teaspoon or about 6-8 drops.
Fill the shaker ¾ full of ice and top with a lid.
Shake for 10-20 seconds. Interesting post from The Spruce Eats on How to Properly Shake a Cocktail.
Dump ice from chilled coupe glass and strain cocktail into glass.
You can optionally garnish with an apple slice.
This was the perfect fall cocktail (or anytime really.) I am partial to Apple Cocktails and this one did not disappoint.
I definitely don't make enough brandy cocktails, which is a shame because I absolutely loved the Scorpion Cocktail (a fun tiki cocktail.) I also bring out the brandy every winter to make Winter Solstice Brew and my Brandied Cranberries.
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Apple Brandy Sidecar
- Fill a coupe glass with ice to chill.
- In a shaker combine apple brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, apple cider and a dash of of bitters (if using.)
- Fill shaker ¾ with ice, add a lid and shake for 20-30 seconds.
- Dump ice from cocktail glass and pour in strained cocktail. Garnish with an apple slice.