Friday Cocktail: The Income Tax

As today is tax day in the states, and I’ve spend the last few days getting everything together to file (I know, I really shouldn’t have waited until the last minute) I thought I would feature a more fun sort of income tax– a cocktail version.

Now I have absolutely no idea why this cocktail is named as such, but don’t let any aversion to doing taxes sway you away from giving it a try. Since taxes are technically due on the 18th this year for some reason, you can sip this as you finish filing, or as a celebration once you’ve finished. Or maybe both. I may need both.

It’s simple to make, and is really just a bit of a riff on the classic combination of gin and orange juice. Please, please use freshly-squeezed here. The sugary-sweet taste of carton orange juice and gin taste a bit too much like college tailgate events during football season. Freshly-squeezed orange juice however, will lead to a much better cocktail with some natural tartness and a nice balance.

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Ingredients: 

• 2 oz gin

• 1 tbs sweet vermouth

• 1 tbs dry vermouth

• 3-4 dashes angostura bitters

• 1.5 oz orange juice (about 1/2 an orange)

Directions: 

  1. combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. relax!

 

Cheers!

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