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Ingredients: * 2 oz Cognac * 0.75 oz Cointreau * 0.75 oz Lemon Juice * 0.25 Simple Syrup Background: As with many simple classic cocktails, the origins of the Sidecar cocktail are somewhat unclear, but one common thread is that this cocktail was invented after the end of World War I, first appearing in either Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails (first published in 1919? 1921?) and/or Robert Vermeire’s Cocktails and How to Mix Them (published in 1922). Both of these sources initially credit this drink to Pat MacGarry, the bartender at Buck’s Club in London, but the original Sidecar cocktail was not popularized until it made the hop across the pond to Paris, perhaps due to their nationalistic pride for cognac or instead due to the story of an American Army captain in Paris who was driven around in a motorcycle sidecar. In France, the Ritz Hotel Paris claims to be the origins of this drink, perhaps resulting in the original Sidecar recipe to become known as the “French style”, comprised of equal parts cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. Some years later, the modern Sidecar cocktail we know it was documented in The Savoy Cocktail Book from the Savoy Hotel in London in 1930. This Sidecar is referred to as the “English style” and is comprised of 2 parts cognac, 1 part Cointreau and 1 part lemon juice. In summary, it seems that the original Sidecar cocktail originated in London before becoming popular in Paris and known as the “French style”, but the “English style” variation is ultimately the cocktail that has endured until today.