Halloween Cocktail: The Sidecar

sidecar cocktail

I set out to create an original Halloween cocktail that tasted fresh and a little spicy. A round of concocting was a bust and left me a little too buzzed for a Monday afternoon. Which all led me back to the classic Sidecar, a cocktail as reliable as those college girls wearing slutty police and pirate costumes (okay, I confess, but only one time!).


Now, this is not the sticky Sidecar of my Corona del Mar nights hanging at The Quiet Woman. This rendition chooses bourbon over brandy, has a nice brightness from the lemon juice and the combo of the simple syrup and bitters brings just the right balance of sweet and spice.


One of these before for heading out to trick or treating madness will warm you up, more than one and you won’t need a costume to scare the kids away. Cheers!

Halloween Sidecar

Makes 1 cocktail


2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce simple syrup

1 or 2 shakes Old Fashion Bitters


For the garnish:

Sliced lemon

Raw sugar (coarse granulated)


Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters in a small pitcher filled with ice and stir. Rim the glass with sugar and pour the cocktail mix. Garnish with a sliced lemon and serve.

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3 thoughts on “Halloween Cocktail: The Sidecar”

Looks great, it brings back memories of going out with my parents in Boston. My first side car was suggested by a waiter at the Ritz when I tried to order a margarita and he looked at me like I was uncivilized… I did feel fancy and old school drinking it:)

I love the Sidecar! My sister-in-law makes the best with St. Germaine and Cognac. She got me hooked on this cocktail!

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