The mental exhaustion involved in getting my taxes filed just under the wire ( as usual) called for a proper cocktail. How better to commemorate the annual occasion than with an Income Tax? The recipe, from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, is essentially a Bronx cocktail with the addition of Angostura bitters. Good for the occasion, but this New Yorker prefers her other borough drinks, a Manhattan or, true my borough, a Brooklyn. Shake them up with
- 1 ½ ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- Juice of 1/4 orange (squeezed right into the shaker)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.
The Brooklyn Cocktail
- 2 ounces rye or bourbon
- ¾ ounce dry vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 2 teaspoons Maraschino liqueur
Shake in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.