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: