The roar of World War I had barely faded when another iconic sound began to resonate through the cobblestone streets of Europe: the rumbling of a motorcycle with its trusty sidecar. 

For many, this image paints a picture of daring wartime escapades and brisk, cold rides through the misty roads. But, for those with a penchant for history and fine cocktails, it stirs a different memory. 

It evokes the birth of a legendary drink – the Sidecar cocktail.


A fusion of cognac, lemon juice, and orange liqueur, the Sidecar cocktail has graced bar menus for over a century. But how did an army captain’s quest for warmth lead to one of the most celebrated drinks of the modern era?