Cocktail Shake-up – Between the Sheets

Sometimes I like to step away from my wine and dip my toes – metaphorically speaking – into other libations. In my twenties, margaritas were my drink of choice (though I did go through many bottles of the low-end sparkling wines – Cooks, Freixenet, etcetera). Most of my friends had blenders then just to make those frosty, slurpee-like margaritas.

photo of a margarita blender
Hamilton Beach 58150 Muchas Margaritas Fiesta Blender

Now? Those blenders are used to make meal-replacement shakes. Sigh. Okay, where was I?

Right. Back in my twenties. So, one night my husband Tom was working at The Harlequin Dinner Theater down in Orange County (off Harbor Blvd somewhere) doing a play – don’t remember which one, but I had gone to see the show and have dinner. After the show, the actors usually gathered to drink – the bar was kept open for awhile. The bartender, a cute guy and no, I don’t remember his name, but anyway…he made us this drink called Between The Sheets. (One is supposed to put you there. I think, at that age and at my then-current weight, it probably did!)

photo of a martini glassThis past fall, Tom decided to do something different and, after rummaging around in his memory, came up with this drink from our past.

I don’t knowwhat the state of your liquor cabinet is – but ours has bottles we

a photo of my liquor bottles above my cereal.
Thanks to Tom Ashworth for the photo!

haven’t looked at in a decade or so. (Plus it’s above our cereal. Doesn’t everyone keep their hard booze near the kid cereal?!)  Most of what he needed, we already had. So he made the drink, and it wasn’t bad.

Then he bought slightly better rum, and the drink was suddenly MUCH better. Here’s the recipe – 1 shot rum, 1 shot brandy, slightly less than one shot Triple Sec, and slightly less than 1 shot fresh lemon juice (jarred lemon juice will work in a pinch). Fill a cocktail shaker with ice – pour in the alcohol and lemon juice, and shake. Strain into martini glasses (or shallow champagne glasses if you don’t have martini glasses). Makes 2 servings.

This is a nice, not-too-sweet before dinner drink – a special occasion drink – a fun, different, and hard to screw up drink. Even an after-theater drink – we had it last night, after getting home late from a preview of A NOISE WITHIN’s production of Moliere’s The Bungler (in their new theater in Pasadena, California – wonderful space!).

Anyway – last night we sipped, we split a plate of nachos, and we talked about theater. While wine would have worked, the slightly sour, slightly sweet Between The Sheets hit the spot and went great with the nachos.

Do you have a favorite specialty mixed drink? Please share – and the recipe, if you know it!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Wine bottles are threatening to take over my kitchen counter and my desk, so I promise I’ll toss up a wine blog again SOON. 

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12 Responses to Cocktail Shake-up – Between the Sheets

  1. Debra Kristi says:

    Yes please! Sounds delish! But, um, storing it over the cereal? LOL

    • In my defense, the cereal is above the stove., and the stove is about eye level (or maybe a little higher). The liquor above the cereal. So, in order to get to the hard liquor, I have to use a step-stool, lol…it was the safest place when the boys were young.

      Now that they’re both over 6 ft tall, it doesn’t matter!

  2. Emma says:

    Cocktail and nachos, yum.

  3. Great drink! I love classic cocktails. My favorite is a Mai Tai, but the original Trader Vic recipe, not one of those red or pink concoctions you usually get when you order one now. (Yes, I’m a cocktail snob!) 1 oz each Martinique and dark Jamaican rum, juice of one lime, 1/2 oz orange curacao, 1/4 oz each orgeat syrup and simple syrup. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with mint.

  4. Anne Kemp says:

    You had me at “booze is next to the cereal…”


    Love it 🙂


  5. Hi Chrsitine – It has been ages since I’ve had a mixed drink. This one sounds good, but something tells me I might need a nap after having it – so Between the Sheets is a good name for that drink!

    I have tried a martini – medicinal tasting. I think I used to like peach daciquiri (too hard to spell) but if I’m going to spend all of those calories I’d rather eat something! 🙂

    Congratulations on all the good things going on in your life. There is always something to celebrate! Got the laundry done – yay!

  6. I like to keep things simple–beer or wine is fine with me. However, hubby likes to try different drinks at times and our daughters will sometimes insist on something new. But wine is my favorite–dry red, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Valpolicella. :^)

  7. Laura Cunningham says:

    I had a ginger cosmopolitan at a restaurant, and was suprized that I liked it very much (being of the margarita persuasion – silver tequila, only please, on the rocks, no salt). I don’t branch out much, but harbor a taste for Kamkazi’s.

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    I’m a vodka martini girl. Shaken, extra dry (meaning no vermouth).

  9. This sounds like something I would love! Gonna give it a try soon & let you know what I think. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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