Exploding Sidecar

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Ingredients (5)

  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Orange peel, for garnish


The 2010 Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, about an Army bomb squad unit in Iraq, calls for a drink that sparks the palate and detonates the senses. We present … the Exploding Sidecar.

This recipe was featured as part of our Best Picture Cocktails story.


  1. 1Combine all ingredients except the orange peel in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. 2Garnish with a flaming orange peel.
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