The origin of the sidecar is disputed but it appears to have been developed in Paris during the Great War. David Embury in ‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’ attributes it to the invention of a an American army captain who rode to an unnamed Parisian bistro in a motorcycle sidecar. Another (disputed) theory links the invention to Frank Meier who worked at the Ritz Hotel, Paris. However it came into being, the side car is a very special treat.
3 parts Cognac/Armagnac
2 parts Cointreau/Triple sec
1 part lemon juice
Lemon twist garnish
Combine the spirits, lemon juice and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker and shake rigorously. Strain out the cocktail into a cocktail glass. Sugar-rim the glass for extra effect if desired. This can be achieved by wiping the rim with a wedge of lemon and dipping the juice-coated rim of the upturned glass into sugar momentarily.