With the prevalence of drinks like Sex on the Beach and the ubiquitous Blow Job, this cocktail’s saucy name now seems a little tame. When it first emerged in the 1930s, however, it likely caused quite a stir. There’s even a theory that it was created as an aperitif for prostitutes in the French brothels.
A Between the Sheets is a slight variation of the equally classic Sidecar. Both make the “unforgettables” list of the International Bartenders Association Official Cocktails. This cocktail differs by reducing the measure of brandy and adding white rum for a slightly sweeter taste and complexion.
Recipes for Sidecars and Between the Sheets Cocktails often call for a flamed orange twist to garnish. To flame an orange peel, you cut a circle of peel from a piece of fresh fruit, about an inch in diameter. Hold a match under the peel and over the drink, far enough away not to get soot on the fruit. Twist sharply to squeeze the warm oil into the drink. Rub the peel against the rim of the glass and then discard. It actually doesn’t do much to enhance the flavour of the drink, but this technique looks pretty showy for the crowd at the bar.
Here’s the recipe for making your own Between the Sheets cocktail:
- 30ml White Rum
- 30ml Brandy
- 30ml Triple Sec
- 20ml lemon juice
- Twist of orange to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into a cocktail glass
- Garnish with a twist of orange or flame the peel if you’re feeling bold
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass