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The Perfect Sidecar Cocktail Recipe With A Twist

Inside: Sidecar cocktail recipe with a twist.

For this year’s holiday drink, I’ve come to love sidecars for their smoke forward bite. I recently made our classic sidecar cocktail recipe with tangerine and lemon added and it was one of my favorite drinks ever!

The Perfect Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The tangerine adds a sweet note, taking some of the bites out of the alcohol.  For our recipe, we switched out the juices for a mix of Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade and added a little rosemary to create an earthy taste. The drink comes together quickly and creates the perfect sidecar cocktail recipe. This sweet drink will be served generously at all our holiday celebrations alongside my favorite holiday cake.

Rosemary Tangerine Sidecar CocktailAs a festive touch to the perfect sidecar cocktail recipe, we added a tangerine peel garnish.

Use a sugar cookie cutter to cut out holiday shapes from tangerine peels and place in the glasses to create drinks that burst with holiday flavor and holiday fun!

Tangerine Peel Cocktail Garnish

A Few More Festive Favorites for the Holidays

We know preparing for a holiday gathering takes a lot of effort! Now that you have the perfect sidecar cocktail recipe ready for the holiday gatherings, here are a few more of my festive favorites. Including sweet treats, decor and why I love celebrating the Holidays! Do you have A Subtle Revelry holiday favorite that you have seen? Let us know in the comments!

DIY Cocktail Garnish

I loved using Tropicana tangerine lemonade to create the perfect sidecar cocktail, it is not only delicious but sweet and refreshing. With the mixed drink juices, it allows me to create fun and new cocktails without buying a million different juices that I will never drink otherwise. The tangerine lemonade is truly my all time favorite and its great in a cocktail or all by its self!

Rosemary Tangerine Sidecar Cocktail

How to make the perfect sidecar cocktail recipe

Rosemary Tangerine Sidecar

To make this fresh take on a sidecar cocktail recipe you will need:

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Sidecar Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 ounces Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade
  • 2 ounces Cognac
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • ice
  • 1 sprig fresh Rosemary


  1. Combine the ingredients through ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a bar glass. Add the rosemary and cookie cutter tangerine garnishes for a drink that will inspire a wonderful holiday night.

The Perfect Sidecar Cocktail

I love creating fun and new cocktails to showcase at all my gatherings, and this cocktail has to be a holiday favorite! The extra festive garnish added a little more holiday flair and fun for our guests. Let us know in the comments if you tried the perfect sidecar cocktail recipe at your holiday party and if your guest loved it as much as ours did. I sure hope they do!

Cheers to a Happy Holiday Friends!

(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Ashlyn Savannah Photo).

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