Thursday, August 9, 2012

Between the Sheets

For those of you who might not know I'm a big fan of R&B. Not what they call R&B today but the smooth soul tracks of the 1960's to the early 1990's. As I had done with my Barry White inspired post: The Berry White...Show You're Right, I came across another cocktail that invoked the sexuality and sensuality of another R&B staple: The Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers were originally Gospel singers in the late 1950's who hit it big with their hit song Shout. In the 1970's they were R&B superstars who by the early 1980's were falling behind such R&B acts like the Commodores, Kool and the Gang and Earth, Wind and Fire. It was the debut in April of 1983 of this particular song that helped re-establish the Isley Brothers on the R&B landscape: Between the Sheets. Without going into too many details on the song, since the title speaks for itself the track is full of sensuality and sexiness. It is one of my favorite R&B tracks of all-time. After coming across a cocktail of the same name how could I not give it a go. Here is the Between the Sheets cocktail:
Between the Sheets
1oz Brandy
1oz Bacardi Light Rum
1oz Cointreau
1oz Lemon Juice

Build over ice in a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
As you can see from the picture, the cocktail is simple but elegant. It has a light cream color to it and upon tasting it various notes come to light. First the citrus and tart flavor of the lemon juice stands out. Hiding out between the proverbial sheets are the rum and brandy. Both spirits mingling together, neither one standing out more than the other. At the end of the taste, the sweet flavor of the Cointreau makes its presence felt light a light peck to the lips. It is a crisp drink that needs to be drunk ice cold to fully enjoy the its varied flavor notes.

It is very possible that after a few of these you along with the right person might find yourselves between the sheets with Ronald Isley serenading you as he does in the song. Sounds like a good time to me ;)

Allow me to leave you with Between the Sheets by the Isley Brothers as an added bonus. Enjoy.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla