Between the Sheets is a cocktail comprising rum, brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, similar to the Sidecar, but not as popular. Between the Sheets is on the list of IBA Official Cocktails, and the creation of Harry MacElhone, who is also responsible for cocktails like Sidecar, Bloody Mary, Boulevardier, White Lady, and a few others. MacElhone supposedly invented the cocktail in the 1930s in “Harry’s New York Bar” in Paris, or so the story goes, but there are 2 other stories that say otherwise. One claims that the drink was invented at “The Berkeley” around 1921. And the other one points at French brothels and the drink been an apéritif for the prostitutes, hence the name, I guess… Unfortunately, we can’t know for sure, but Harry MacElhone creating the Between the Sheets cocktail sounds most believable and we’re going with that. 😀 

Regardless, it’s a lovely and balanced cocktail with a sexy name. Make one yourself and tell us what you think. 😉


  1. 1 Ounce (30 ml) of rum.
  2. 1 Ounce (30 ml) of brandy.
  3. ½ Ounce (15 ml) or lemon juice.
  4. 1 Ounce (30 ml) of orange liqueur (Cointreau is an excellent choice).
  5. Orange peel for garnish.


  1. Add all ingredients (rum, brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice) to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish and enjoy.

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