Sidecar Fizz Cocktail – Time to Celebrate!

Side Car Fizz Cocktail Recipe that's elegant and refreshing | @whiteonrice

Happy New Year to all and to all a great and safe night of drinking! We’ll be shaking it up on NYE with some great cocktails from our mixed drink archives, but the hardest part is deciding where to start. Celebrating with some fine cocktails from our garden citrus is what we really look forward to. During this time of year, the citrus are at their peak and the zest, oil, fragrance of the rinds are what make these cocktails so stellar.

This year, we’re making a new cocktail, at least new to us.  We have discovered the Fizz.

Fizz is basically a sour (Whiskey Sour, Sidecar, classic Margarita, classic Daiquiri, etc) that has been tweaked to give a nice foam texture to the top.  Basically, you’ll shake and egg white with the lemon or lime juice, then add the alcohol.  Shake a bit more with ice.  Strain into your cocktail glass and pour a bit of club soda on top.   The egg whites create a nice foam on the top while also slightly thickening the drink, making it the perfect way to serve a sour in wintertime.

Side Car Fizz Cocktail Recipe that's elegant and refreshing | @whiteonrice

separate egg, squeeze lemon…

Side Car Fizz Cocktail Recipe that's elegant and refreshing | @whiteonrice

shake, shake, pour and top with a little club soda

Thank you for spending 2009 with us! Your friendship and inspiration throughout this year has made it one of the best years of our lives. We look forward to more great food, recipes and stories with you all!!

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Happy New Year!


diane and todd

Sidecar Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 Minutes

The quality of your lemons makes all of the difference - get the best, and freshest you can


  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) Simple Syrup (optional)
  • Splash of club soda


  1. Combine egg white and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously 20-30 times.
  2. Add cognac, grand marnier, and optional simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake another 20 times.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.  Add a splash of club soda and garnish.

Note 1: A basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. example- One cup sugar dissolved in one cup of water. We usually make larger batches and keep on hand in the refrigerator.

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  1. Katie

    mmmm… what a great drink to bring in the new year! hope 2009 treated you well!

  2. Kate/Kajal

    Happy New Year 😀

  3. Barbara

    Super photo!
    I’ve always loved a good sidecar!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Nancy Singleton Hachisu

    Diane & Todd,

    Great cocktail photos. Also love your Sidecar recipe, the addition of egg whites is nice since my husband has a free-range egg farm. As a bartender at Henry Africa’s (SF) in the ’80’s, I used to hate it when we got the odd order for a Sidecar. We rimmed the glass with maraschino cherry juice (from the plastic fruit holder compartment–awkward) and then dipped it in a spoon of superfine sugar (not as easy as rimming the margarita glass in a saucer of salt). The final step was burning the sugar on the rim. No, I did not like to get an order for one of these, especially on a busy Friday or Saturday night.

    I see the bottle of Flowers peaking out on the corner there with the broiled figs. One of my favorites, though the Perennial is the only one in my price range here in Japan.

    See you in Ixtapa,


  5. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free

    Happy New Year Guys!

  6. deana (lostpastremembered)

    Gorgeous photo and lovely old-fashioned drink… Happy New Year!!

  7. Jackie at

    What a great way to start the Year. This cocktail sounds so festive. My warmest wishes to both of you. Can’t wait to see more of your delicious recipes this year 🙂

  8. Tokyo Terrace

    Wonderful collection of cocktails! I love the use of the egg white. I’ve never tried it but I hear great things from those who have. This post is definitely inspiring me to give it a try. Happy New Year to both of you talented, lovely people 🙂

  9. Cynthia

    Happy New Year!

  10. Brooke

    What a perfect cocktail for starting the New Year! Thank you for your love and support in 2009. I can’t wait to celebrate this new decade with you both in Mexico. Weeeeee!

  11. barbara

    Happy New Year to you both.

  12. ConnieC

    Wish I could drink…a case of Asian intolerance to alcohol( lack of enzyme to metabolize ETOH). The cocktail looks so inviting.

    Thank you and Dianne for a wonderful blogsite which has become a part of my retirement life.

    Best wishes to you both in the New Year. Hope 2010 is kinder to all of us. Cheers!

  13. Shaheen

    Wish you guys a wonderful 2010! The drink looks so good, and your photos are stunning as always. Especially love the photo of the egg.

  14. Susan @ SGCC

    You’ve outdone yourselves with these photos. They are jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Happy New Year to you both. I hope 2010 brings you all you ever dreamed of. I’m so thankful to have gotten to know you. Cheers!

  15. Andrea Meyers

    I always love your cocktail posts. Hugs and best wishes to you. Happy New Year!

  16. pam

    Who doesn’t love a good cocktail?! Happy New Year!

  17. Lauren

    What a lovely post! Although I can’t drink, this all looks fantastic! All the best in the new year =D.

  18. Hélène

    Wonderful drink. Happy New Year!!!

  19. kamran siddiqi

    Great post you two!! Although I can’t drink, I think that it looks absolutely delish!! Love the egg separation photo! Very cool!

    Have a Happy and joyous New Year! 🙂

  20. Wizzythestick

    Fabulous site with great recipes and inspirational photos. All the best for the New Year and keep up the good work.

  21. Victoria

    Great drink. It was tonight’s cocktail. I had never had a Sidecar before, but it won’t be my last.

    Happy New Year to you both. Thanks for all the great recipes, beautiful pictures, and poignant stories.

    Tomorrow I will toast your health with another sidecar. Here’s to a great 2010.

  22. dishinanddishes

    How crazy! Egg whites in a cocktail! I love all things citrus. And I so adore you pictures. Lovely!

  23. ravenouscouple

    gorgeous photos as always…and we’re always learning something new from you guys. can we invite you over for new years cocktails? 🙂

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