I’ve been loving experimenting with rum this summer. It’s just the best spirit for hot weather — besides, arguably, tequila — since it’s so bright, light and refreshing, and it’s fantastic paired with citrus and other fruity flavors. As I browsed my Pinterest cocktail board, though, I realized something: I was out of lemons. This would not do. So, with my shiny new membership card, I went to Costco* and bought a giant bag of limes and a giant bag of lemons. Problem solved.
* It’s practically the law when you have two small children. Plus I can’t even tell you how much Nora digs the samples. It’s like a theme park for her. Free entertainment!
With those lemons and a bottle of Flor de Caña Extra Seco, it was time to try out a Between the Sheets.
Okay, so it sounds a little racy. And for this cocktail’s era (it was around pre-Prohibition) it sure was! But the drink itself is a class act. Combining rum, cognac and citrus for a spin on the classic Sidecar, it’s a sure bet for summer. Cheers!
- 1½ oz light rum (such as Flor de Caña Extra Seco)
- 1½ oz cognac
- 1½ oz Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
- juice of one lemon
- lemon twists for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.