Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Todd Thrasher’s Cider Car

The PX barman shares a seasonal twist on a classic drink.

By: Jessica Voelker

Todd Thrasher's Cider Car is garnished with an orange twist.

The classic Sidecar cocktail, which gained prominence in America during Prohibition, is made by shaking Cognac with Cointreau and some lemon juice, and is served in a cocktail glass with a sugared rim. For his warm holiday variation on the drink, PX mixologist Todd Thrasher adds hot apple cider, and uses a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for the rim. Soul-warming and simple to prepare, it’s the perfect drink to sip next to the fire this holiday weekend.

Cider Car

1½ ounces Busnel Calvados Cognac
½ ounce Cointreau
5 ounces hot apple cider
Squeeze of lemon juice

Orange peel

Rim a tempered Irish coffee glass or glass mug with cinnamon sugar (4 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon). Pour Cognac, Cointreau, and cider into the glass, stir, then add a squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with an orange twist.