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Santa’s Sidecar


As the holiday season rolls around, so does the opportunity to indulge in festive beverages that capture the spirit of the winter months. Among these seasonal delights is a cocktail that stands out for its unique blend of flavors and elegant presentation: Santa’s Sidecar. This cocktail, a seasonal variation of the classic Sidecar, offers an amazing mix of warmth, fruitiness, and a hint of zesty tanginess, making it a perfect accompaniment to holiday gatherings or cozy nights relaxing by the fire.

The classic Sidecar, known for its simple yet sophisticated blend of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, has been a staple in the cocktail world since its creation in the early 20th century. Santa’s Sidecar builds upon this foundation, adding a festive twist with the inclusion of cranberry juice. This addition not only infuses the drink with a vibrant, seasonal color but also brings a new dimension to its flavor profile.

Kicking things off with the classic components of a Sidecar, let’s talk about the cognac. As the base spirit of the cocktail, it provides a rich, smooth foundation. It’s known for its subtle notes of fruit, spices, and a hint of oak, coming from the barrels in which it is aged. Cognac adds depth and warmth to the cocktail, making it particularly appealing in colder months.

Now, to incorporate some citrusy sweet ingredients to smooth that cognac out. Orange liqueur, often a triple sec or Cointreau, introduces a sweet, orangey brightness. While the lemon juice is essential for adding a zesty sharpness, this ensures the Santa’s Sidecar has a refreshing edge!

Finally we’re going to get into what makes this drink so festive. A quintessential holiday ingredient, cranberry juice lends a tart, slightly sweet flavor. Its bright acidity balances the richness of the cognac and complements the citrus notes of the orange liqueur and lemon juice. The cranberry juice also gives Santa’s Sidecar its distinctive festive color—a deep, cheerful red that’s reminiscent of holiday decorations.

Santa’s Sidecar is typically served in a coupe glass, which not only adds an element of elegance but also allows the aromas to concentrate, enhancing the drinking experience. The glass is rimmed with sugar, a nod to the classic Sidecar.


Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.


Step 2: Strain into a rimmed coupe glass.

Santa’s Sidecar’s careful balance of ingredients and elegant presentation make it a must-try for both cocktail enthusiasts and those looking to add a little festive cheer to their drink repertoire. So if you’re in the middle of party planning, why not give this recipe a try? It’s sure to be a hit.


Santa’s Sidecar




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain into a rimmed coupe glass.

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