This recipe for the gorgeous cocktail is for you at home. And it is amazing! When it comes to cocktails I normally stick to a few safe options which I know will hit the spot. But this one is my own creation,

Of course, making cocktails is not a cheap exercise and I certainly don’t have the choice of drinks that Lucy has but I do have some of the basics. 

After a bit of research I found that I could rustle up a Classic Brandy Sidecar. My first attempt was good but just a touch too sour for my liking. I added in the orange juice to sweeten it slightly and rimmed my glasses with sugar which made it very drinkable.

This version is not especially the classic brandy sidecar cocktail, it is a lighter version. Give it a try!


Brandy Sidecar

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1 serving


  • 2tblsp sugar

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 25ml Brandy

  • 50ml Cointreau

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Juice of ½ orange

  • Ice cubes


  • Mix the sugar and orange zest together in a shallow saucer.

  • Wet the rim of your cocktail glass with some lemon juice.

  • Dip the edge of the cocktail glass in the sugar and zest mixture. Leave to dry.

  • Add the Brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, orange juice and 4 – 5 ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.

  • Shake well for at least a minute.

  • Strain into your cocktail glass.



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Hi, I am Susan. I love the art of cooking and I love life! Also am keen to inspire you and try out new ways of cooking. Here on My Golden Pear I write about the latest trends, share my travel discoveries and enjoy improving home and garden.