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A simple, yet fruity vodka drink. Share with friends and family at your next get-together.

4 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 tablespoon cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 slice lemon, for garnish

MethodPrep:1min ›Ready in:1min

  1. Pour the vodka and cointreau in a highball glass with ice. Add enough lemon juice to reach the halfway point of the glass or to taste. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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by kellieann

This was pretty good. Surprisingly the cointreau is the dominant flavor, with a sour after taste from the lemon juice. Next time I will try shaking it in a cocktail shaker and straining it into a chilled martini glass, like a lemon drop.-14 Apr 2012

The Sidecar Cocktail

The sidecar is one of the best cocktails of all time. It is as popular today as it was a century ago and a brilliant introduction to the allure of well-balanced sour drinks.

The recipe was originally made with either cognac or Armagnac either will create one of the most enjoyable brandy cocktails you can mix up. In the modern bar, bourbon is often poured instead (making it technically a bourbon sidecar), and some drinkers enjoy it with premium cherry brandy.

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Please note that there are many ways and variations to make Balalaika. The Balalaika recipe above is the most common way to make this drink, you can always improvise with your own twist and enjoy. You can also find many other variations of this drink on our website, just use our search to see more.


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The Balalaika

A complicated name for a delightfully simple drink. This vodka version of a classic Sidecar cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet and tart and strong!


  • 1 ounce, fluid Vodka
  • 1 ounce, fluid Cointreau
  • ½ ounces, fluid Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar For Rimming The Glass
  • 2 whole Lemon Wedges, One For Garnish, One For Rimming The Glass


This drink can be tart so the sugar rim is highly recommended.

Place a couple of tablespoons of sugar in a shallow dish. Run the edge of a cut lemon around the rim of your cocktail glass and dip the rim into the sugar. Set glass aside.

Combine the vodka, Cointreau and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes and shake well. Pour into the rimmed glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

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