The Side Car- a classic cocktail that's perfect for fall

Updated: Oct 27, 2020


The Sidecar is the perfect drink to toast to the life of Lilly Reich, whose work has been forgotten and sidelined for years. An interior designer and architect who was an important part of many ground breaking movents in design and architecture from Josef Hoffman's Weiner Werkstatte in Vienna to the bauhaus in Berlin. She was also Mies van der Rohe's collaborator from the late nineteen twenties until the late 19 30'sas well as his lover. In 1938, the bauhaus was closed, work was drying up and Mies fled to America ditching Lilly in Nazi Germany. According to famed architect Robert Stern, leaving Lilly in Nazi Germany was one of Mies' greatest regrets. ( My interview with Bob Stern will be featured in an upcoming post.)

Her contributions to design icons such as the Barcelona daybed may have been overlooked and mis-attributed to Mies in the past, but now her work and reputation are finally getting the credit they deserve.

The delicious combination of citrus, brandy and sweet cointreau is a perfect

reflection of Lilly’s career with its highs and lows, it’s sweet and sour notes. Pour yourself a stiff one and make up for lost time by cracking open Matilda Mcquaid’s excellent tome,

“Lilly Reich: Designer and Architect.”

The Side Car

2 oz. of Brandy

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. cointreau


Chill a glass in the freezer while you pour the ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe and garnish with lemon.

For some fall flavor use Apple Jack for the brandy.


Thirsty for More? Read all about Lilly Reich, Designer, Architect and Hero here.