Invented in 1894 by Joe Crofut, head bartender of the Buena Vista in San Francisco, the Between the Sheets is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. Legend says that if you drink three in one sitting, you will see your true love in your dreams. When made with gin, instead of rum and cognac, it's called a "Maiden's Prayer". The cocktail is identical to the Sidecar, with the exception of using less cognac and adding rum. The Maiden's Prayer is variously recognized as an alternate name for the Between the Sheets, as well as a distinct cocktail that uses gin instead of rum and cognac, and adds orange juice to the lemon juice.
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce triple sec or Cointreau
¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
Lemon twist for garnish, optional
1. Chill a cocktail glass, martini glass, or coupe.
2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the cognac, rum, triple sec, syrup, and lemon juice.
3. Shake to chill.
4. Strain into chilled glass.
5. Garnish with lemon twist.