It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Between the Sheets

It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Between the Sheets
Our weekly recommendation.

The origins of this cocktail are murky, but it dates back to, at very least, the publication of the famous Savoy Cocktail Book. It’s basically a Sidecar with a little rum in place of some of the brandy. That’s not a bad thing; it brings a bit of a tropical flare to the drink without pushing it all the way into Tiki-ville. Some recipes call for white rum, but I like to use something that’s been aged a bit.

The Between the Sheets also illustrates an important aspect of cocktailing, which is that you can make something unique and interesting with a relatively simple twist. This is a distinctly different drink than the Sidecar. You can make it even more distinct by using the variant recipe, which trades the rum for half an ounce of herbal Benedictine. I like that version a lot, too, but I recommend starting with the original.

As always, I strongly advise using fresh-squeezed juice, but you can definitely get away with lemon juice from concentrate in this one, if it’s all you have available.

Rim a cocktail coupe with fine sugar. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, and shake thoroughly. Strain into the sugar-rimmed cocktail coupe. No garnish.

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts. Liquors in parentheses are what I used when I made this recipe, and are included as suggestions.

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website, cwbuecheler.com.