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Cocktail Recipe – The Italian Sidecar Cocktail from Luka’s Tap Room, Oakland California

Submitted by Tim Brice on April 27, 2011 – 8:36 amNo Comment

Luka’s Tap Room is a bar/restaurant located on Broadway in downtown Oakland, California. It has the feel of a busy neighborhood hang with lots of beer on tap, a fun cocktail menu and the requisite amount of very good fried foods.  We will be writing a full review of Luka’s soon.  For now, however, we would like to share a recipe for a drink they call The Italian Sidecar Cocktail.


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The Italian Sidecar Cocktail from Luka's Tap Room Oakland

I am always leery of nut based liqueurs.  It is my issue and I am aware of it.  Luka’s employs Nocino Walnut Liqueur in The Italian Sidecar.  Yet, it was because of my nut liqueur phobia that I ordered this drink.  Alcohol should help you face your fears and so I took the leap.  As evidenced by the fact that I am now sharing the recipe, I am glad I did.



We often talk about balance in a great cocktail and that sometimes they become more than the sum of their parts.  This is definitely the case here as well but unlike a few other very special drinks I have tried lately the constituent members of this drink are still faintly self asserting.  Slight oak from the brandy is detected along with just a hint of walnut.  Warm orange dances ever so slightly with a tinge of lemon bite, but only just a tinge.   The rim of the drink is coated with bakers sugar and contributes a needed sweetness to the finish of the drink.


Yes, the drink is almost black in color and that just adds to the mystery of it.  It is a very clever concoction and one I will definitely have again.  Cheers!

The Italian Sidecar Cocktail


1.5 ounces Hennessey

3/4 ounce Nocino walnut liqueur

1/2 ounce Gran Marnier

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/8 inch lemon wheel, for garnish

Bakers (very fine) sugar



Shake all ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Dip the rim of a chilled cocktail glass on a clean damp towel and then dip into bakers (very fine) sugar to coat the rim. Strain all ingredients of cocktail shaker into the sugar rimmed cocktail glass. Float a 1/8 inch thin wheel if lemon on top and serve.


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