Usually, when people hear the term, "between the sheets," they tend to think about naughty things. However, if they are at a bar and they're not flirting with anyone at the time, they might think more about the infamous cocktail that's titled as such. Between the sheets is one of those really great cocktails that emerged during the prohibition era. It's an excellent drink to have on a special occasion if you want a strong citrus flavor to go with your alcohol intake.

Also known as "maiden's prayer," this drink is a pretty straightforward one and almost made my list of top five cocktails you can make in your sleep.

The recipe involves a combination of brandy (preferably cognac), white rum, triple sec (preferably Cointreau), and lemon and lime juice. These can be mixed in equal parts but some recipe scale back on the lemon and lime juice. When building between the sheets, the ingredients are shaken together with some ice, then strained into a chilled cocktail glass and that's it. The drink doesn't even require any fancy garnish to go with it, though a lemon twist or flamed lemon peel will go great.

If you're game, then have a try at this recipe yourself but be warned: between the sheets is an alcoholic drink and can be quite strong especially to newbies. Underage drinking is prohibited throughout the world.

Do not drink and drive under any circumstances. Instead, have on a designated driver at hand when you require transportation after drinking. If you have any medical conditions that are negatively affected by alcohol, avoid this drink and many others like it at all cost. Always drink responsibly.

The recipe


  • 1 cup ice, cubed or crushed
  • 1 oz cognac (brandy)
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz Cointreau (triple sec)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1 lemon peel or twist for garnish (optional)

The directions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Put the ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the brandy, white rum, and triple sec. Squeeze 1 oz of fresh juice from a lime. Add the juice to the shaker. Seal and shake well.
  3. Strain the mixture in the chilled glass and serve with a lemon twist or peel as desired.

Serves: 1 drink, 3.5 oz per serving

Did you like that recipe?

If you're into cocktails and you want more exciting recipes to try out, try this similar one known as the Cosmopolitan. Or you can try this simple mudslide recipe. And remember to always drink responsibly.