Between the sheets
- 1 oz Rum
- 1 oz Brandy
- 3/4oz Cointreau
- 3/4oz Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Shake and strain in to a Martini glass.
I love the name of this drink just as much as I enjoy the flavors. It’s basically a Side Car with the addition of Rum, which is probably why I prefer this version. It is a very easy-to-drink, balanced and tasty beverage.
I had assumed this drink was a pretty recent creation, but from what i’ve been able to find out it was actually invented by Harry MacElhone, bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, in the 1930’s. There is some debate that it originated before this in 1920s London, but the name ‘Between the sheets’ appears first in the Paris bar, so this is the one i’m sticking with! If someone believes this to be incorrect, please get in touch because i’d be interested to hear other thoughts on the matter…this is one of the first drinks i’ve tried to research and not been able to find that much information on.
Anyway, this is certainly a strong (has 3 different liquors) but refreshing option for hot summer days. As the heat wave continues here in Los Angeles I will continue to order this until the Autumn arrives! 🙂
Miyabi (From Eclipse Bar)
1oz Spiced Sailor Jerry rum
1oz Xanté pear cognac (Pear Brandy works even better)
3/4oz Syrup d’Antilles
3/4oz Fresh apple and pear juice
Served tall over ice.
“Nothing brings the neighbours together like a Solar eclipse does!”
That’s what myself and many others discovered yesterday when standing out on our driveways looking up at our big bright star. My boyfriends father had so cleverly decided to purchase some welders glass for the event, making the view pretty spectacular without damaging our retinas! Sadly in Southern California we didn’t get to see the ‘Ring of Fire’ due to our positioning on the planet, but it was still a great sight to witness and one that won’t happen again in Los Angeles for another 59 years!
I felt inspired to look for a drink that would match this rare occasion. I found a couple of recipes that had Astronomical names, but decided to go with the above recipe as it was created at a bar, named appropriately, ‘Eclipse’ in London. This bar on Old Brompton Road (which I visited when I lived in the area) offers a range of cocktails from classics, like the Aviation and the Vesper, to a selection of modern options including the Miyabi (above) and the ‘Eclipse’ made with Vodka, Watermelon and Kaffir-lime.
I couldn’t get the exact measurements that they use at the bar itself, so my mixologist boyfriend FutureGreg played with ratios and the above recipe is the version that we feel works best. Ideally use a good Pear brandy in replacement of the Xante (a product neither of us particularly likes).
This is a sweet, refreshing and strong tasting drink that is great on a hot day… also an ideal beverage to sip on when watching the sun get covered by our moon 🙂