A Tax Day Toast

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
rye, darling.


The Income Tax Cocktail

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¾ ounce sweet vermouth
  • Juice of ¼ 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.

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