Blood Orange Sidecar – A Blood Orange & Brandy Cocktail

Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels.

A fabulous winter version of the classic sidecar, with blood orange juice, this Blood Orange Sidecar is perfect!



In the world of cocktails, there are nearly an infinitive variety of cocktails that are offered up to drinkers, but there are some cocktails that are considered great as a foundation for building on. One of these cocktails is the sidecar, one of the simplest of all cocktails, with a spirit, a sour and a sweet all in balance to create a tart, spirit forward cocktail.


Blood Orange Sidecar

This simplicity is part of the reason the sidecar is perfect for riffing on, which is how we ended up with our Blood Orange Sidecar, which is such an easy rum and blood orange cocktail!



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Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels. Mixing glass in background

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Classic Sidecar Cocktail

The sidecar is one cocktail that any bartender should have in their repertoire as it is an absolute classic having been around since the last days of World War I. Reputed to have been invented by the folks at the Ritz Hotel in Paris where American, French and English soldiers commonly visited for a little R&R.



This libation proved to be popular with the soldiers and its popularity carried on to their home countries which helped spread this cocktail to bars all over the world!



Top shot of a pair of blood orange sidecar cocktails




Naturally, once a cocktail get to a new location and the locals have a chance to play with it, it starts to take on a life of its own as new variations are created! For our take on the sidecar, The Blood Orange Sidecar, we decided we wanted to use one one of our favorite citrus fruits, the blood orange, to bring a little color and warmth to this traditional sour cocktail.


What flavors for this sidecar?

We love the intense orange flavor that blood oranges bring to a cocktail (check out our Blood and Bourbon!) plus the color is just plain gorgeous! Blood oranges also bring a little hint of raspberry flavor in their juice, making for a fun ingredient to use in cocktails!




The Blood Orange Sidecar uses a combination of brandy and rum as the base spirits, both of which pair well with the tartness of fresh citrus. Brandy is the traditional base spirit found in the sidecar, but for this one we wanted to add in a little brown sugar warmth with a splash of rum.



Orange liqueur adds a bit more orange flavor while adding a bit of sweetness to balance the tartness of the citrus brought by the blood orange and lime juices.




A beautiful balance of sweet and sour, the Blood Orange Sidecar is a favorite of ours for it simplicity, gorgeous color and elegance. Adding blood orange juice gives a deep rich red color to the drink, making it a striking drink to add to any dinner table. If you want another cocktail with blood orange, the Blood and Bourbon is the way to go!








Like this recipe? Try these below, too!

The Japanese Sidecar with iichicko Silhouette shochi

Japanese Sidecar




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Apple Cider SIdecar



Other Sidecar Recipes

Sidecar – Serious Eats

Elderflower Sidecar – Chowhound

Sparkling Sidecar – Little Bits of

Kentucky Sidecar – White on Rice Couple

Citrus SIdecar – Foodess

Other Blood Orange Recipes

Blood Orange Campari – A Life Well Consumed

Blood Orange Margarita – Supergolden Bakes

Blood Orange and Bourbon – Love and Lemons

Blood Orange Thyme and Gin – Vanilla and Bean

Blood Orange Old Fashioned – SoFab Food






Yield: 1

Blood Orange Sidecar - A Blood Orange and Brandy Cocktail

A twist on the classic sidecar, this screams winter citrus flavors.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz aged rum


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Place some ice in your glass to chill before pouring your drink. Dispose of ice before putting the cocktail in.

Pour in all ingredients in shaker.

Shake well and strain into the chilled glass.

Garnish with a slice of blood orange. If you need this a bit sweeter, sugar the rim of your cocktail before pouring.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 2.2g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 1.4g Protein: 0.1g


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