Phylloxera Aphid: The Bug That Changed The Alcohol World

This is the little bastard that crushed the French wine world but helped bring whiskey to the rest of the world. This is the story of Phylloxera Dactylasphaera vitifoliae.

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Between the Sheets

Photo by Dinah Sanders

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. This Valentine’s Day instead of a box of chocolates you picked up at Walgreens on the way home, fix your sweetheart this prohibition era cocktail to show your love and affection. Although it may seem quaint compared to Sex on the Beach or a Screaming Orgasm, the name of this cocktail was considered slightly shocking when the drink was popularized in the 1930’s. A variation on a Sidecar, Between the Sheets uses light rum in addition to cognac for an additional kick. Mix one up tonight and you’ll thank me in the morning.

Between the Sheets

3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce light rum
3/4 ounce Cointreau
1/2 fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a  chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.