Our first drink of Romance Week is the Between the Sheets, a shooter composed of brandy, light rum, triple sec, and lemon juice. It was invented by Harry MacElhone at the New York Bar in Paris sometime in the 1930’s. MacElhone also invented the Bloody Mary, making him the Thomas Edison of mixology. Edison may have invented the light bulb, the phonograph, and motion pictures, but MacElhone gave us the Monkey Gland, so as inventors I will call them even. Oh man, a Monkey Gland would really hit the spot right about now.
The Between the Sheets is made with brandy. Since neither Mrs. Bottle nor I had ever had brandy before we had to do a little reading up. In the process we learned that Cognac just brandy that is produced in Cognac, France. Just like squares and rectangles, all Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac. One of the more famous Cognacs is Courvoisier, the favorite brand of Leon Phelps, the Ladies Man, one of the most romantic men on the planet. If the Ladies Man loves Cognac, it will certainly make a romantic cocktail.