Martell Sidecars with Anderson .Paak


One of my consulting projects that falls under Holy Sip is the HOME by Martell ATL experience. I create the cocktail program, curate a couple of events and help with event logistics.

Last night, Anderson .Paak (I meant to ask him about this period in his name) came by to do a listening session for his new album Oxnard. I’m happy to say that the album is solid and he’s an all around nice guy.

Anderson is normally a tequila drinker, but since it’s a Martell space, that’s clearly what we have. He was happy with the Sidecar though.

Ironically, earlier in the night I was thinking of adding cinnamon to the recipe. It’s something I’ll do at another time and maybe I’ll name it Anderson. Are you wondering with the significance is? Cinnamon and orange slice is a popular way to have tequila instead of lime and salt. And since a sidecar is made with orange liqueur and I’m adding cinnamon and Anderson drinks tequila…are you following?

Anyway, the classic recipe is below. I’ve added a drop of simple syrup because I think it adds some balance, but you can leave it out.


Martell Sidecar

2 oz Martell VS Single Distillery
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz Cointreau (or another orange liqueur)
.25 oz simple syrup (optional)
Orange peel

1. Add Martell, lemon juice, simple syrup and shaker.
2. Add ice and shake until cold.
3. Strain into a couple glass.
4. Garnish with expressed orange peel.