About Sidecar

I enjoy making cocktails, but I’m not a fan of most cocktail recipe books. I own one with 1,200 recipes. Half of them are terrible and others—well, let’s just say I don’t want four recipes for a Manhattan. I want the one, best recipe for it.

Sidecar is different. These are only recipes that I have personally tested and enjoyed. Some of these are exactly as I found them. Others I have tinkered with for a while before landing on a final recipe. And a few I have created myself.

About the Recipes

This is first and foremost my collection of cocktails. Some are very traditional. Some deviate wildly from tradition. You’re free to disagree with me, but I hope you give them a shot. I figure I might as well put this out here for anyone else who might enjoy it as well.

Be sure you understand the three techniques for making drinks: building, shaking, and stirring. Where my recipes say “build”, “shake”, or “stir”, I mean something specific.

I’ll periodically add new entries for other important mixology skills, information about ingredients and mixers, and, of course, new drinks.

A note about brand names

I’m annoyed when a recipe tells me what brand of liquor to use. I’m not going to stock four types of tequila in my home bar, and I wouldn’t expect you too, either. So in most of the recipes on Sidecar, I leave the brand up to you.

That said, every now and then, it really does matter. An Elder Fashioned doesn’t work without Plymouth Gin and the Bannon Tantrum was designed specifically for Dry Fly Vodka’s unique flavor. So I strive to only name brands when I think it actually matters.