Low Carb Sidecar

The classic Sidecar, that we know today, is believed to have been invented by an American Army Officer in Paris during World War I.  This officer rode around the city in a motorcycle sidecar conducting war “business” and enjoying this concoction he created.  Based on a French-Orleans recipe, but having to make due with what was available during the war, the American Sidecar was created.  American ingenuity at it’s best.  

The original sidecar can trace its roots to New Orleans where the heavy French influence led to the creation of this cocktail.  The classic French-Orleans recipe summons equal parts Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice.  

The British and American version’s call for Brandy in place of Cognac.  

The War-time version that became popular after the war using Brandy, Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or triple sec) and Lemon Juice.  With enough Brandy to assert itself as the dominant flavor, some orange liquor to provide a bit of sweetness, and just enough lemon juice to mellow that sweetness and provide a complex, yet charming flavor. 

Of course with the ketogenic low carb diet in mind, we’ve had to replace the orange liquor.  Orange extract and liquid stevia eliminate all carbs and make this a zero carb cocktail that you can enjoy guilt-free.

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail that conjures images of the old-timey night club with well dressed men, drinking sophisticated drinks.   This Brandy Classic is arguably the greatest of all brandy cocktails. 

So put on your pin-striped suit, grab your cane and homburg hat, and let’s enjoy a night out on the town with this low-carb creation, the KBKeto Sidecar.





  • Brandy (the best you can afford)
  • A Lemon or Lemon Juice
    • If using lemons, you’ll need something like this to squeeze out some lemon juice.
  • Orange Extract 
  • Liquid Stevia


Directions:   This is not a complicated drink to make.  The complicated part of the sidecar is not what is going into the drink, but how much of each ingredient to use.  This drink seems to invoke strong opinions based on personal taste.  Some like more Brandy flavor, while others enjoy that lemon tang.  If you are one that does not like that lemon bit, go with a bit less or add a drop or 2 more of liquid stevia to smooth out the flavor. Since we are replacing sugary Cointreau with orange extract, it’ll be about personal taste. 

I encourage you to start with this recipe and then adjust based on your personal tastes.  

  • Add Ice to your Cocktail Shaker
  • Add the following to your shaker:
    • 1.5 to 2 oz of Brandy (I prefer it with 2oz)
    • 3/4 oz of Lemon Juice
    • 1/2 tsp of Orange Extract
    • 1-2 drops of liquid stevia (I error on the side of less and then add based on taste.  This is key especially when using fresh lemons as their bite really can vary.) 
  • Shake and pour into your Coupe Glass or like me, a standard whiskey glass.  
  • Enjoy

Again, this seems to be one of the more personal drinks I’ve created.  It seems that every person has an opinion on how sweet or tart they want this drink.  Most prefer the 2 oz of Brandy but really vary on sweetener use.  The orange extract can be strong.  If it is too strong for you, either cut it down some, add a little more sweetener, brandy, and/or lemon juice.   Trial and Error to find the perfect concoction for you.

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