How to Make the Between the Sheets Cocktail, or a kinky name for a simply wonderful drink.

How to Make the Between the Sheets CocktailWith a name like “Between the Sheets” one might think that this cheeky cocktail is a recent creation…but you would be wrong. While the exact origin of the cocktail is uncertain, it was either created in the 1920s in London by Mr. Polly (Manager of the Berkeley Hotel) or in the 1930s in Paris by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar . Though most sources credit MacElhone with the BTS’s creation, the first published source is by Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. No matter what the actual origin, this delicious cocktail is well worth at least one taste…and once you’ve had it once, you are bound to go back time and time again.

Between the Sheets Cocktail
  • 0.75 oz Brandy
  • 0.75 oz White Rum
  • 0.75 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 barspoons lemon juice
  • garnish with a lemon twist

Add all ingredients with a  generous portion of ice to a shaker.  Shake until the cocktail has been thoroughly mixed and chilled, then strain the mixture into a martini or coupe glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist and the BTS is ready to serve and enjoy.  Despite having a bar well stocked with a multitude of brands and qualities of alcohol, I have a surprisingly minimal selection of brandies and cognacs.  I have found it difficult to find an inexpensive brandy that is palatable, but I have settled at the moment on Paul Masson VSOP Brandy (which costs roughly $13/fifth).  As for the white rum, I highly recommend Castillo Silver as an excellent choice that will outperform Bacardi by a mile.  The orange liqueur is a matter of taste and price point – triple sec will work fine – but for a bit of an interesting twist I like to use Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur (available for about $18/fifth).

Total cost per drink? ~$1.26

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Posted in Brandy, Cheap Cocktails, Liqueur, Rum

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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