The Balalaika

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!



Level: Easy

Serves: 1


  • 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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