October 14, 2019 | POSTED IN

Reimagining the classics – The Sidewinder Sidecar

a photograph of a Sidecar Cocktail on the bar

The Sidecar is a classic of the 1920s, and though its exact place of origin is unknown (Paris or London), one thing is certain – it was named for the motorcycle attachment.

The original Sidecar is a mixture of Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice in varying proportions (dry or sweet). In the original recipe, Cointreau is added both as a sweetener and for its hint of orange.

In formulating the Sidewinder version, our mixologist used our Eau de Vie for its pure expression. Honey simple syrup and orange bitters replaced the Cointreau while the spiciness of the Benedictine Liqueur brings all of the elements together.


  • 2 oz Sidewinder Eau de Vie
  • ¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ oz Benedictine Liqueur
  • ½ oz honey simple syrup*
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters


Place all of the ingredients in a mixing tin and add ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

*the honey simple syrup is ½ part honey to ½ part water.