Classic Cocktails: The Apple Sidecar a New Holiday Drink Recipe

by Pamela

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The Sidecar is one of those classic drink recipes that you’ve probably heard of, but more than likely have never tried.  Maybe it’s because it’s made from cognac or maybe it’s just the name…”sidecar?”  In current vernacular, a sidecar is something that rides along side a motorcycle (albeit vary rarely seen these days).  However, back in the 1900’s (when this drink was created), this was one of the classic cocktails that  was all the rage.

Let’s try making the sidecar into an apple sidecar with Calvados.  What? You don’t know about Calvados?  Calvados is an apple brandy.  Don’t freak out…while it may sound expensive, you can find good Calvados at all price points.  And you can find it from Trader Joe’s to Bev Mo.  It only seems fitting, in the fall, to introduce an apple cocktail right before the big fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving (oh yeah, Columbus Day is in there too).  So I proclaim the Apple Sidecar as one of  the premiere Fall holiday cocktails.  Would anyone like to second the motion?  Oh, you probably want to know a bit more about it.  You little skeptic you.

Calvados is a sipping brandy, straight from France.  It’s made from apples, so the finish has a nice hint of apple to it (what better libation to indulge in for the Fall).  One of the beautiful things about Calvados is that it can be enjoyed both equally straight or mixed into one of many cocktail drink recipes.

I get that holiday cocktail drink recipes are generally considered egg nog or something with sugar and spice and something nice.  But a holiday drink recipe doesn’t have to be something that you only have at Christmas.  Hell, if you go by the retail calendar…the holidays start on July 31st.  Last year I combined Calvados with pomegranate liqueur and created the Adam and Eve (in hopes that it would one day become one of the holidays classic cocktails).

And, as you will no doubt find, this lovely little apple cocktail will help to relieve any of those relative inducing migraines, backaches or stomach aches.  Quite frankly, I think that’s what holiday cocktails were created for…to make families more bearable.

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Apple Sidecar Recipe

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 Ounces Calvados
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice


Combine all ingredients into an ice filled shaker.  Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Serve with a twist of lemon.


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Dominic October 8, 2012 at 3:26 am

Hi, I came across this looking for some info on Calvados. Looks good and I just happen to have a bottle of Cointreau on the go at home. I might have to have some midweek cocktails.

Pamela October 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

Sounds like you have the makings for a fine mid-week Dominic.

Calvados is a wonderful drink for this time of year. CHEERS!

Bakeolicious November 2, 2010 at 4:08 am

I love sidecars and this is a great variation.

I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new baking photo gallery showcasing the beautiful baking, sweets and desserts and of course cocktails.

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware November 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I would have to admit, I have yet to try and make these drinks at home! I guess name “side car” seems like a side drink but image proves to be like a main drink!

Rich November 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

My fiancee loves the Chelsea Sidecar – with gin – and I am going to surprise her with this one! I’ll report back …

Stella October 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Thanks for stopping by BraveTart! Let us know if you try the Sapphire con Diablo, it’s such a classy, intriguing beverage and you definitely seem more than able to tackle it. I have everything I need to make an apple sidecar, so I think I know how I’ll be celebrating Halloween! 🙂

Lynne @ CookandBeMerry October 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Pam, you have been coming up with the most beautiful cocktails lately. It makes me want to hit BevMo and mix up something that will make me silly. And taste really good!

Kristina @ spabettie October 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

I have always LIKED the name sidecar (I like all old fashioned cocktail names – like The Old Fashioned!!) 😀

I will try this!!

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