Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters The classic cocktail, updated with a smoky New World flavor

Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters

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!

Lemon twists

Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters

serves 2
active time: 10 min

  1. 4 oz (120 ml) bourbon
  2. 2 oz (60 ml) Cointreau
  3. 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
  4. 2 dashes lemon bitters
  1. twists of lemon as garnish

  1. 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.

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Bourbon Sidecar with lemon bitters

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  • Reply Tomato January 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Really enjoyed this on Christmas eve.

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre January 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Very glad to hear it! Happy New Year… and Cheers!

  • Reply Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite November 29, 2014 at 5:25 am

    What an elegant cocktail and we love the decoration with the twists of lemon!

    • Reply Viviane November 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Judit + Corina, Thank you so much… and cheers!

  • Reply mjskit November 24, 2014 at 2:49 am

    This is the perfect cocktail for a bourbon lover like me. Very excited to try this combination. Thanks for sharing Viviane!

  • Reply RavieNomNoms October 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Oh my!! I love bourbon and any old fashion drinks! YUM

    • Reply Viviane November 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Thank you, RavieNomNoms, I am with you on that one!

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