Bourbon Sidecar with Lemon Bitters Cocktail Recipe


“…bring me a light breakfast. Black coffee and a Sidecar.” – Auntie Mame


A popular Prohibition-era classic—and favorite hair-of-the-dog of Hollywood’s Auntie Mame—the Sidecar is a potent, citrusy, Cointreau-laced cocktail. The trick to serving a sophisticatedly simple, not cloyingly sweet, Sidecar lies in sourcing ultra-fresh ingredients—no bottled lemon juice—and perfectly balancing proportions.


In this second in a series of holiday cocktails, chic chef Viviane Bauquet Farre gets the Sidecar just right.


While traditionally made with cognac, “in this version,” says Bauquet Farre, “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.”


Greet holiday guests at the door with a shaker of Sidecars and, as Auntie Mame says: “Live, live, live!”


Bourbon Sidecar with Lemon Bitters

Serves 2

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


In a martini shaker, mix the bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice and bitters with ice cubes.


Shake until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside.


Pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish each glass with a twist of lemon and serve immediately.