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Strawberry Sidecar


Welcome to a yet another spin on a beloved classic: the Strawberry Sidecar. The Sidecar is one of my favorite cocktails to sip on, known for its refined balance and sharp, citrusy punch, the Sidecar has remained a fixture in the cocktail world. However, today we’re changing it up. With a little fruity touch, the cocktail recipe is completely reinvented!

The journey of our Strawberry Sidecar begins with fresh strawberries, the key twist that sets this recipe apart. When you muddle ripe strawberries, they release their natural juices and subtle sweetness, infusing the cocktail with a vibrant, summery vibe. The fruit’s red flesh not only adds a beautiful color but also introduces a fresh, fruity flavor that complements the robustness of the cognac.

Cognac, the soul of the Sidecar, adds a complex and luxurious dimension. Distilled from white grapes in the Cognac region of France, this spirit is known for its rich, aromatic intensity. With notes ranging from oaky vanilla to sweet fruit, depending on its age, cognac provides a sturdy foundation that anchors the lighter, more whimsical notes of the other ingredients.

Next, Cointreau, a crystal-clear orange liqueur, brings a touch of citrus elegance. Its orange peel essence introduces a bright, crisp sweetness that cuts through the deeper, more mellow tones of the cognac and the natural sweetness of the strawberries. This liqueur is crucial for balancing the drink and adding depth that ties the fruity and woody notes together.

The addition of fresh lemon juice is vital for its culinary contrast. Its tartness is essential, providing a zesty kick that highlights the cocktail’s other flavors without overshadowing them. Lemon juice helps to elevate the freshness of the strawberries and complements the sweet profile of Cointreau, creating a perfectly balanced mixture.


Step 1: In a shaker, muddle down the sliced strawberries together with cognac.


Step 2: Pour in the Cointreau and lemon juice with ice. Shake until chilled.


Step 3: Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish.


Compared to the traditional Sidecar, this strawberry-infused version offers a delightful new take that’s both familiar and novel. It respects the original’s composition while providing a fresh twist that’s perfect for seasonal gatherings or when you simply crave a drink that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Give the Strawberry Sidecar a try and discover how a simple fruit can transform a classic into a new favorite.

Strawberry Sidecar




  1. Step 1 – In a shaker, muddle down the sliced strawberries together with cognac.
  2. Step 2 – Pour in the Cointreau and lemon juice with ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish.
Tags: Cognac, Bold, Fruity

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