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How to Make the Between the Sheets

You have to love the naughty name of this classic cocktail recipe! The Between the Sheets has been seducing cocktail lovers for almost as long as cocktails exist! This sassy drink is among the best rum and cognac cocktails you can make!

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Supposedly, the cocktail was invented in the 1930s by the famed bartender Harry Macelhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Harry was busy creating all sorts of cocktails at the time at his spot, including the White Lady! Bit who really knows as it has popped up in loads of books and mentions.

Why the drink was named so is still a mystery, tough! One thing is that it seems to be a rift on the classic Sidecar recipe, another of the classic cognac cocktails.

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Where to find ingredients for Between the Sheets cocktails

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

What goes into a Between the Sheets

Here is what you need to make this unique drink:

  • Cognac: Cognac is a premium brandy made specifically in France. It has a deep citrusy, and slightly spicy flavor. It is one of two base spirits in this drink. You can use a Remy Martin or any cognac or brandy. Some even use a V.S.O.P. Cognac.
  • Light rum: Yes the other one is rum. Light or white rum to be exact. We need a lighter touch here as to not over power the cognac!
  • Orange Liqueur: Orange liqueur adds the sweetness to the cocktail and you can use triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier!
  • Fresh Lemon juice: A splash of lemon juice brings freshness to this drink and, of course, adds a tangy, citrusy flavor.
  • Garnish: Because this drink offers a prominent orange flavor, what’s better than garnishing this drink with the flamed orange peel?

What tools you need to make Between the Sheets

You’ll need a cocktail shaker for this one! Grab a jigger, a barspoon, a strainer, and a chilled cocktail glass for this Between the Sheets cocktail recipe.

It’s super easy to make this cocktail because it’s equal parts rum, cognac and orange liqueur.

  • Step 1: Add the cognac, orange liqueur, light rum, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2: Add ice cubes and seal the lid.
  • Step 3: Shake, shake, shake
  • Step 4: Strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with flamed orange peel.
  • Step 45 Bottoms up!
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How do you flame and orange peel for garnish

If you haven’t flamed an orange peel for garnish, don’t worry. The reason it’s flamed is to extract the oils from the orange peel. We all know that orange peel is loaded with orangey flavor and offers a slight bitterness. When you flame it, you are easing out the essential oil which goes into the drink, giving it a distinct flavor and aroma.

Flaming orange peel is super easy. Simply trim the peel, light a match stick, and heat the orange peel until you can see a spark. Put the peel into the drink and let the oils do their magic! Don’t forget to take the peel out before serving, though!

  • 🍸Top Tip(le): Variations on the Between the Sheets
    • Lemon: You can garnish with a lemon twist
    • Lime Juice: If you want more tart, then lime juice it is! (Technically a Boston Sidecar cocktail!)
    • Cherry Brandy: Some add a dash of cherry brandy.
    • Rum: You can use a dark rum if you want that flavor to stand out.
    • Sugared Rim: Like a Sidecar, you can always add sugar to the rim of your

Where to find more Rum recipes

Here are a few of my favorites:

 Plus more great cocktails using cognac

Here is the recipe!

Between the Sheets

Between the Sheets

The Between the Sheets has been seducing cocktail lovers for almost as long as cocktails exist! It's among the best rum and cognac cocktails!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 221 kcal


  • 1 ounce Cognac or brandy
  • 1 ounce Light rum
  • 1 ounce Triple sec or any orange liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon juice
  • Orange peel


  • Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Strain into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with a flamed orange peel


Serving: 1gCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg
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