The Hotel Ritz in Paris claims the origin of the Sidecar with its first recorded recipe by Harry MacElhone in 1922. This is widely debated, as there are mentions of other bartenders in London and New York having created the drink. However, each had their own variation on the drink’s ratios and the recipe has been refined over the years.
It received its name from the commonly used motorcycle sidecar during World Word I. The recipe evolved from the original sour, much like the rum-based Daiquiri and is a direct descendant of the Brandy Crusta. If brandy or cognac aren’t around, bourbon is a great substitute.
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