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Sep 10, 2020

Apple Sidecar Cocktail

For a fun take on the sidecar cocktail, try this apple sidecar cocktail. The cognac is infused with apple tea, and the cocktail is sweetened with green apple syrup.

Apple Sidecar Cocktail with tea infused cognac

Sidecar cocktails are traditionally cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice served in a cocktail glass with a sugar rim. The cocktail first appeared in a cocktail recipe book in 1922 and it is pretty much a classic. Both London and Paris claim to be the home of the creation of this cocktail. I'll let them fight it out.

For a classic version of the Sidecar, be sure to try my sidecar cocktail with dried cherries. While you're at it, this blood orange sidecar cocktail is a totally amazing twist on the classic.

This apple sidecar cocktail is my latest version of one of my favorite classic drinks.

Apple Sidecar Cocktail in a coupe glass with apple garnish

Ingredients in an apple sidecar cocktail:

  1. Cognac/brandy: Use your favorite. I usually keep a bottle on hand for sidecars or the classic cocktail
  2. Apple Cider Tea: I used apple cider tea from one of our Flavors of Fall prize sponsors, Republic of Tea. I've been a huge fan of this brand long before I started this site. I used this same tea to flavor this caramel apple ice cream. I used their chamomile rose tea to flavor this beekeeper's bread. Keep an eye out in the future for a date cake infused with their rooibos tea! If you like drinking tea, but don't like worrying about how it affects the color of your teeth, be sure to check out their delicious white teas. 
  3. Green Apple Syrup: This product is from one of our Flavors of Fall prize sponsors, Torani. you know them for their coffeehouse flavors. This syrup is from their Puremade line of products, which are all natural and without artificial flavors and colors. 
  4. Orange liqueur: I used Cointreau, but you can use Grand Marnier, Curacao, Patron Citronge, or Triple Sec. 
  5. Lemon Juice: I used Meyer lemon juice from another prize sponsor, Melissa's Produce. Plus, I garnished this cocktail with a slice of one of their Fuji apples. 

Apple tea

How to make an apple sidecar cocktail:

First, infuse the cognac with the tea. Pour a cup of cognac into a jar and add a Republic of Tea hot apple cider tea bag. Cover and let rest overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the tea bags.

Next, combine 1 1/2 ounces of the tea infused cognac, 3/4 ounces of the Cointreau, 3/4 ounces of the lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce of the Torani Green Apple Syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake the mixture, and pour it into a cold cocktail glass or coupe.

Garnish with an apple slice! To keep the apple slice from discoloring, first dip it in lemon juice.

If you want to, you can also rub the rim in lemon juice and then sugar for a sugar rim.

Apple Sidecar Cocktail in a coupe glass

This cocktail as both sweet and tart, kind of like an apple! The tea infused cognac adds a bit of mystery to the flavor of the cocktail too. It's a delicious way to say goodbye to summer and kick off fall season.

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Apple Sidecar Cocktail

Apple Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Apple Sidecar Cocktail Recipe
Yield: 1 cocktail
Author: Karen Kerr
For a fun take on the sidecar cocktail, try this apple sidecar cocktail. The cognac is infused with apple tea, and the cocktail is sweetened with green apple syrup.


  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac infused with Republic of Tea apple cider tea (see note)
  • 3/4 ounce citrus liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Torani Puremade green apple syrup
  • Ice
  • Apple slice for garnish


  1. Pour all of the ingredients into an ice filled coctail shaker or large glass. 
  2. Shake or stir the ingredients and let rest for one minute.
  3. Strain the ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an apple slice. 


To make the tea infused cognac, add two apple cider tea bags to one cup of cognac and refrigerate overnight.
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  1. Everytime you post those glasses I fall in love....and the cocktail sounds lovely too. Cheers Karen.

    1. These glasses are may favorite! I'm so glad you noticed! Cheers Wendy!

  2. Great idea to infuse the cognac with the tea! Fun!

  3. The glasses, the flavors in this drink all are wondeful

  4. pumpkin is my favorite fall flavor, although I grew a different sweet squash this year that made a tasty pie!

  5. I LOVE infusing alcohol with other flavors. Hence the candy corn mooonshine and the mincemeat bourbon. I cannot wait to try this!


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