Vodka Sidecar

This vodka sidecar not only packs a punch, but is bright and refreshing with a strong citrus flavor and a hint of sweetness from the sugar rim.

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What Makes This Vodka Sidecar So Good?

  • This sour drink is a beautiful sping on the classic sidecar! But be careful, sip slowly, as it does pack a punch! 
  • The vodka sidecare is uper versiltle. You can serve it anytime: summer, holiday dinner, happy hour, etc 
  • The original sidecar was created during Prohibition and the vodka sidecar gives a nod to thie historic drink but with a modern twist. 

Tips and Tricks for a Vodka Sidecar

  • I’m using a small stemmed cocktail glass but you could use a champagne flute or lowball glass.
  • Sidecar cocktails are typically made with cognac but for this variation, we’re switching it out for vodka. Any good quality unflavored vodka will work.
  • Orange liqueur adds a sweet citrusy flavor to the cocktail.
  • Lemon juice adds additional citrus flavor and acidity to the cocktail.
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Looking for another refreshing drink? Try this screwdriver cocktail next.

Other Drink Recipes

Looking to stock up your home bar supplies? To get started, we suggest getting a Bartender Kit, a drinkware beginner set that includes a few different type of glasses and of course a few bottles of alcohol. (Think: Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, etc). Pair those with our cocktail recipes and you are off to a great start!

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hand holding a wine glass of pale yellow liquid with a lemon wheel, a second drink that looks the same in the back right

Vodka Sidecar

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This vodka sidecar not only packs a punch, but is bright and refreshing with a strong citrus flavor and a hint of sweetness from the sugar rim.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Instructions

  1. (Optional) Place 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in another small bowl. Dip your glass into the water and then into the sugar. Set aside. 
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until chilled– about 30 seconds.  liquid being poured into golden drink shaker
  3. Strain into your prepared glass and enjoy immediately. hand holding golden drink shaker

Notes

  • Sidecar cocktails are typically made with cognac but for this variation, we’re switching it out for vodka. Any good quality unflavored vodka will work. 
  • Orange liqueur adds a sweet citrusy flavor to the cocktail. 
  • Lemon juice adds additional citrus flavor and acidity to the cocktail.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate. Please be sure to do your own research to make sure that this recipe fits your dietary needs.

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