Bourbon Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

September 14, 2022
bourbon sidecar cocktail recipe

Hey, y’all! Have you ever had a bourbon sidecar? Sidecars are traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. This is my version of the already-delicious drink, putting my Kentucky spin on it by swapping the cognac for bourbon. It’s so easy to make and is absolutely delicious!

Bourbon Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

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Bourbon Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Shopping List: Bourbon Sidecar

  • Jefferson’s Bourbon
  • Triple Sec
  • Simple Syrup (or make your own)
  • Lemons

How to Make a Bourbon Side Car

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz. of bourbon, 1 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. of simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until fully cooled.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish, if desired, with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

The Recipe

bourbon sidecar cocktail recipe

Bourbon Sidecar Cocktail

JC Phelps
Looking to update a classic cocktail recipe? Substitute cognac for Kentucky Bourbon and you have a delicious Bourbon Sidecar Cocktail. I know y'all will love this easy-to-make drink!
5 from 26 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 oz. Jefferson’s Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Simple Syrup


  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Add 2 oz. of bourbon, 1 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. of simple syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously until fully cooled.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish, if desired, with a lemon twist. Enjoy!
Keyword bourbon cocktails, bourbon sidecar cocktail
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About Jefferson’s Bourbon

Founded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family whiskey tradition that goes back to Trey’s 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors.” His curious and experimental mindset has allowed him to push the boundaries of bourbon whiskey. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.

Aging Bourbon at Sea?

Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea ® Bourbon – A boat is a singularly uncommon place to age bourbon whiskey. But when inspiration struck Trey Zoeller on the deck of his friend Chris Fischer’s research ship, he couldn’t help but imagine the possibilities. While watching Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon rock gently in its bottle, Trey and Chris wondered what would happen to bourbon aged on the bow of a ship. How would the constant agitation of the sea affect the aging process of Jefferson’s bourbon whiskey? Three years later, they got their answer: the constant agitation and changing climate imparted a sweet, caramelized flavor reminiscent of dark rum, while the salty ocean air and sea spray gave the bourbon the savory, briny character of an Islay Scotch whiskey.

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