Apple Cider Brandy Sidecar – A Brandy Cocktail

The apple cider sidecar, with brandy, apple cider, cointreau, fresh lemon and bitters.

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A perfect fall cocktail, but great for anytime of year with the fresh grapefruit juice, this Apple Cider Brandy Sidecar is wonderful!



Our children are obsessed with apple cider, so needless to say, we have a lot of it in our house. Conveniently, we just happen to live near a whole bunch of orchards where they make lots of really delicious fresh apple cider! With such a great ingredient easily accessible, it is no wonder that apple cider somehow keeps finding its way into our evening cocktails!







Apple Cider Sidecar in a martini glass with brandied cherry and a grapefruit ganish.




Apple Cider Sidecar

We love the way that apple cider adds a definite fall flavor to a cocktail,! So that is why our Apple Cider Sidecar cocktail is one of our favorite fall drinks as a cider cocktail recipe!



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The Apple Cider Sidecar in a martini glass with a cherry on a cocktail pick and a slice of grapefruit. A jigger and flowers in the background.

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What is a Classic Brandy Sidecar?

Our Apple Cider Sidecar is variation of the classic Sidecar cocktail which uses brandy as its base spirit. The Sidecar has been around since the end of World War I, where it was originally found on the menu at the Ritz in Paris. This libation proved to be popular with many of the soldiers who found themselves in Paris on R&R and the sidecar soon found its way to their home countries.



The Sidecar became such a classic that it is recognized by the International Bartenders Association as one of their Unforgettable Cocktails!



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Originally, the Sidecar called for a really simple recipe, calling for equal parts of cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice, and is this simplicity that makes for a great classic cocktail. Its simplicity also makes for a great starting point for building new variations! So, for our Apple Cider Sidecar, we started with the classic Sidecar recipe and added in Apple Cider to give it a real fall flavor.




The Apple Cider Sidecar in a martini glass with a cherry on a cocktail pick and a slice of grapefruit. A jigger and flowers in the background.

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Brandy and apples is a classic pairing, and in our Apple Cider Sidecar, its easy to see why! Also, the apple cider gives a nice crisp tang to the sweetness of the brandy while the Cointreau adds a hint of rich orange. Fresh squeezed lemon adds a note of brightness that brings the whole cocktail together.






What Ingredients do you Need for an Apple Cider Sidecar?

  • Angostura Bitters
  • Apple Cider
  • Brandy
  • Cointreau
  • Lemon Juice



A few dashes of Angostura bitters adds a hint of warm baking spices which further brings out the feeling of fall!  Topped it off with a garnish of a brandied cherry and you have a cocktail that will be one of your favorite fall cocktails! We love fall cocktails, such as this Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule, too!






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Apple Cider Sidecar in a martini glass with brandied cherry and a grapefruit ganish.
Yield: 1

Apple Cider Sidecar - A Brandy Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A fall twist on a sidecar, with a great flavor profile. This brandy sidecar is the best sidecar recipe!


  • 1.50 oz brandy
  • 3 oz apple cider
  • .50 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1.50 oz Cointreau


Fill a shaker with ice.

Add in all ingredients and shake.

Strain into a cocktail coupe.

Garnish with a brandied cherry.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 10.9gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 9.6gProtein: 0.1g

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Apple Cider Sidecar cocktail with grapefruit slice and cherry, apple cider, cointreau, angostura bitters and lemon




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