A (Very) Necessary Income Tax Cocktail
|April 13, 2012||Posted by Ashley Marie under Drinks|
Not that I use alcohol to numb the everyday ails of life or anything, but this saucy sucker will do the trick. The Income Tax Cocktail was created after the likes of the Bronx Cocktail, a potent combination of gin, orange juice, and sweet and dry vermouth that became incredibly popular in the 1930s, about right around the time that The Prohibition Era was coming to an end (I think it’s safe to say why it was popular, because the drink itself really isn’t that good). Apparently, the creator of the drink named it not after the New York borough, but after the Bronx Zoo. Seeing all the beastly animals reminded him of his customers, who claimed to see some pretty bizarre beasts themselves after one too many drinks. I thought everyone saw the beasts?
So, for this Income Tax Cocktail, we add a dash of bitters to mirror the quintessential “bitterness” that so many of us possess during this time of year. And for some color (and additional symbolism), I’m using blood orange juice like my friends over at The Kitchn. So drink up, whether tax season has ended for you or has essentially just begun. And don’t you worry about me. April is my birthday month, so I may just add some sprinkles and call it a Birthday Cocktail.
Income Tax Cocktail
Adapted from The Kitchn
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce blood orange juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
Orange twist, for an optional garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.