Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters The classic cocktail, updated with a smoky New World flavor
A 100-year-old European classic, made new with a taste of the American south
I’ve always loved cooking with spirits. Indeed, a dash of Cognac, bourbon, tequila or fruit liqueur – just to name a few – can transform a dish, delivering heaps of flavor and depth in every spoonful. But now and then I love to indulge in a good cocktail too… and the Sidecar has always been a favorite. In this version, I substitute a smoky bourbon for the Cognac, giving the classic cocktail a taste of the New World. Plus, it gets a flavor boost with aromatic bitters.
Now all that’s missing is to light a fire and sip slowly… Cheers!
Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters
active time: 10 min
- 4 oz (120 ml) bourbon
- 2 oz (60 ml) Cointreau
- 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 2 dashes lemon bitters
- twists of lemon as garnish
- Shake the Bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice and bitters with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish each glass with a twist of lemon and serve immediately.