Boozy Refreshing Cognac Between the Sheets Cocktail with Rum and Lemon
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Between the Sheets

If you like Sidecars, you’ll love its rum-based relative, Between the Sheets. It’s served in a Coupe glass so it looks classy and tastes smooth.

About & History

Harry’s New York Bar was a trendy place to get cocktails in the 1920s and 1930s. Despite its name, the bar was actually in France. The original owner, Tod Sloan, had a bar in Manhattan that he took apart and shipped to Paris.

Bartender Harry MacElhone was hired to run the place, originally just called “New York Bar.” When MacElhone bought the bar from Sloan, he put his name on it and began experimenting with cocktail recipes.

American expatriates found a home away from home in Harry’s New York Bar. Well-known celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Humphrey Bogart, and more visited the bar and enjoyed MacElhone’s concoctions.

The drink is made from equal parts rum, triple sec, and cognac. Adding a bit of lemon juice gives the drink a tartness that makes the other flavors more potent. If you like the citrus the lemon adds, you might also choose to garnish with an orange peel.

Just as Between the Sheets is a spin-off of the Sidecar, there are variations of this drink as well. If Between the Sheets is made with gin instead of rum, it’s called a Maiden’s Prayer.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of cognac
  • 1 ounce of light rum
  • 1 ounce of triple sec
  • ¼ ounce of lemon juice
  • Garnish: orange peel or lemon peel twist

As always, using quality ingredients will ensure the best tasting drink. That is especially key for Between the Sheets since you’re mixing two spirits. Top-notch cognac will add a rich, fruity flavor that blends nicely with the tropical taste of the light rum.

Fresh lemon juice is key to this cocktail. Using bottled juice might overpower your drink and make it too sour.

Directions to Make

After you gather all of your ingredients, mixing Between the Sheets will be a breeze. Note that for an added touch of class, you can chill your glass before you mix your drink. This will prevent the need for ice which can dilute the drink’s robust flavor.

  1. Put ice in a shaker. Combine the light rum, lemon juice, triple sec, and cognac. Shake until the drink has chilled.
  2. Pour the cocktail through the strainer into the chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish the glass with a twist of orange or lemon peel.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

If you liked Between the Sheets, consider getting the ingredients to try its relatives, the Sidecar and the Maiden’s Prayer. Taste-testing the three slightly different cocktails is a great way to discern how different spirits work together.

A Sidecar uses cognac, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. The key to this drink is its sugared rim. It’s an optional garnish, but the hint of sweetness adds a depth of flavor to the otherwise dry cocktail.

A Maiden’s Prayer is slightly more tropical, with citrus flavor coming from orange juice and lemon juice. The foundation of this drink is dry gin and triple sec.

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