1 oz Brandy
1 oz Rum
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice

Shake, Straight Up, Cocktail

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Posted by Dan on 6/06/2010
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  • see also Mixel version
  • Sweet, Sour, Boozy. Almost an orange juice taste. — ★★★★
  • 10/10/13 — ★★★★
  • 3/4, 3/4, 3/4, 1/2 — ★★★★★
  • Bland. Tried to spice up with 1 tsp Creole Shrubb and 2 dash Angostura Orange. Still an unremarkable cocktail — ★★★
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I have a bar book from the 30's that has Between the Sheets as equal parts cognac, dry gin, cointreau and lemon juice. No rum. Quotes that this recipe is from the Bar Book from Weber at the King David.


Is that from Charles Baker? Wondrich (quoting Patrick Gavin Duffy) has the recipe as written, but I've also found sources that say it was invented by Harry McElhone (of Harry's Bar). I need to do some sleuthing to figure it out, but I'll update the drink when I do.



Yes, I have got a copy of the Charles Baker book: Gentleman's Companion. BTW just a fascinating read.

bza commented on 8/22/2012:

This came up on the homepage and I noticed your note about it being unremarkable. I couldn't agree more, and I never understood the appeal of mixing brandy and light rum. It seems like a waste of both.

I've seen a number of other drinks called a "Between the Sheets" in various old books, I think it was just a popular name a la the Corpse Reviver and the Aviation.

Dan commented on 9/12/2012:

Oops. My "bland" comment should be in my personal comments, and I've moved it there. Still, I'm not in love with this cocktail.

kc59 commented on 12/14/2013:

Prefer 1/2 oz lemon juice or less.

sgls commented on 7/31/2020:

Dale De Groff's Essential Cocktail uses 1 1/2 oz cognac, 1/2 oz Benedictine, 1/2 oz Cointreau and 3/4 oz lemon juice. Flamed orange peel for garnish.