Between The Sheets No.2 (brandy + gin + triple sec)

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Discerning Drinkers (6 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

3/4 fl oz Cognac (brandy)
3/4 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
3/4 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40% alc./vol.)
1/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/12 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
2 drop Saline solution 4:1 (20g sea salt to 80g water)
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Review:

It may be the Between the Sheets No.3 (with brandy and light rum) that's most identified with this suggestive cocktail's name but as with The Godfather films, it's the first and second Between the Sheets that are perhaps worthy most acclaim.

Variant:

The modern-day Between The Sheets is light rum and cognac-based, but three versions span this cocktail's history:
No. 1 - dry gin + light white rum + triple sec + lemon juice
No. 2 - brandy + dry gin + triple sec + lemon juice
No. 3 - brandy + light white rum + Triple sec + Lemon juice

History:

In his 1939 The Gentleman's Companion (Volume II), the globetrotting drinks writer, Charles H. Baker, recounts an afternoon escaping "Arab-Jewish riots... in Christianity's own heart city." Baker found respite in the "almost Egyptian-looking sanctum" of the luxurious King David Hotel where he enjoyed a Between the Sheets made by a bartender named Weber and copied the recipe from his bar book.

Weber's Between the Sheets recipe calls for equal parts "cognac, Cointreau, dry gin and lemon juice," and Baker says, "Like the American Side Car, and other truly worthwhile cocktails this invention is totally sound, and is already quite famous throughout the Near East." Tellingly, at the back of his book, where he talks about ingredients, for Cointreau, he says, "it is one of the six favourite liqueurs of the world, but is indicated in several very important cocktails like between the sheets."

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 28.36% alc./vol. (56.72° proof)
  • 22 grams of pure alcohol
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