Between the Sheets (cocktail)

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Between the Sheets
IBA official cocktail
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Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified
PreparationPour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes, shake, strain into chilled cocktail glass.
TimingAll Day
dagger Between the Sheets recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Between the Sheets is a cocktail consisting of white rum (or other light rum),[1] cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice.[2]


The origin of the cocktail is usually credited to Harry MacElhone at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in the 1930s as a derivative of the sidecar.[3][4] However, competing theories exist that claim the cocktail was created at The Berkeley in approximately 1921, or in French brothels as an apéritif for consumption by the prostitutes.[3][5]


The drink is similar to the sidecar, differing only by using less cognac and adding rum. The Maiden's Prayer is variously known as an alternate name for the Between the Sheets, and as a different drink using gin instead of rum and cognac, and adding orange juice to the lemon juice.[3][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Katz, Allen. "Classics With a Twist: Between the Sheets".
  2. ^ "Between the Sheets". International Bartenders Association. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Between the Sheets". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Between the Sheets". Hennessy Cognac. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Between the Sheets". Drink Advisor. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Clarke, Paul (June 4, 2010). "Time for a Drink: the Maiden's Prayer". Serious Eats. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Wondrich, David (November 5, 2007). "Maiden's Prayer". Esquire. Retrieved March 25, 2015.