Between the Sheets might as well be called the Under the Table or Faceplant on the Bar.
The blend of rum, brandy and triple sec packs a weighty punch, and barman Ya Ya confesses that the drink quite often knocks out his customers.
The potent combination of the heady liquor is vigorously shaken with sugar syrup and lime, poured over a tumbler full of crushed ice, topped up with a splash of sparkling soda and set off by a slice of lime, jauntily balanced on the rim.
The alcoholic heat of the rum, depth of the brandy, fragrance of the orangey triple sec and sweetness of the sugar is not quite balanced by the sourness of the lime, but as the ice melts in the sizzling heat of Phnom Penh, the spirits are diluted and the drink becomes quite refreshing.
Sipped though a slender straw, I can understand how easy it would be to sink a few of these slumber inducing concoctions.
Ya Ya tells me that one is enough, though after two or three, some of his patrons often end up snoozing on the cushioned beds that jut out into Elsewhere’s open-air swimming pool.
“It’s a fast drink. You drink it quickly and you feel relaxed and sleepy,” he says.
Surrounded by lush banana trees and palm fronts, there are worse places in the city for a quick doze.
Ingredients: Rum, brandy, triple sec, lime juice, sugar syrup, soda water
Price: $3.50 / Happy Hour $2.50 (5-8pm)
Address: #2, Street 278