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Valentine’s Day cocktail: Between the Sheets

Much as I like a pink cocktail, I’ll go for a suggestively named drink even more. Note: suggestively named. I don’t know who really orders drinks likethe Slippery Nipple, the Screaming Orgasm, etc – I couldn’t bring myself to.

The Between the Sheets is a Prohibition-era cocktail, possibly invented by Harry McElhone at Harry’s New York Bar, and certainly a child of the Sidecar (cognac, triple sec and lemon juice). I like to think the name was delightfully risqué at the time, and orders for it carried a frisson of naughtiness. Here we replace half of the cognac with light rum, and end up with a slightly more summery version of the original. I even find that the rum dominates here. It’s definitely not the pure magic of a Sidecar, but it’s delicious nonetheless and I’ll always drink any sour you give me.

Recipes vary as to the proportions, but the Serious Eats version (as ever) works for me. I may have even gone a little heavier on the lemon juice… You can definitely play around with it to taste.

3/4 oz cognac
3/4 oz light rum
3/4 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

Whatever your Valentine’s Day is bringing, hope it’s a good one. I’ll leave you with Loki the Corgi dealing with it in his own special way:

Me on Valentine's Day

A video posted by Loki the Corgi 🍁 (@lokistagram) on



  1. I’m totes jealous of that glassware. I agree with you; I’d probably add more lemon juice. Like you, I’m a big fan of sours and prefer them to be more tart than sweet.

  2. Sounds like a great recipe, and with a much more ‘orderable’ name than the others you mentioned. I always felt awkward as a barman if anyone asked me for a Screaming Orgasm, it was always greeted with the same lewd jeers and innuendos from the rest of the bar!

      • I did indeed, I would definitely emphasise barman over mixologist though as my cocktail knowledge was a little shaky (just realised that sounds like a terrible play on words).
        Yeah it wasn’t too much fun when those drinks were ordered, probably mostly down to the clientele though I think!

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