Sidecar Variation


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

By now, it’s clear that I’m a big fan of the classics when it comes to cocktails, but I also like to spice things up when I can. A sidecar is both a throwback cocktail and a forgotten favorite, which typically includes cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice. Just for fun, I thought I’d see what it would taste like using bourbon instead of cognac.

What you’ll need:
1 1/2 oz bourbon
2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of turbinado sugar

Pour the juices and the bourbon into a shaker. Add ice and the sugar before shaking well. Strain into a small glass and garnish with orange peel.

While I do enjoy cognac, bourbon is my spirit of choice so I try to substitute it when I can to create cocktails more to my liking. I don’t much like bourbon and triple sec together (I just don’t think the liquids mix well), so I opted for fresh squeezed orange juice and a pinch of turbinado sugar instead. If you’re worried that substituting non-alcoholic ingredients in for triple sec, just add another 1/2 ounce of bourbon.