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Leap Year Cocktail

Leap Year Cocktail

Celebrate Leap Day with a Leap Year Cocktail!

Yes, there’s actually a drink honoring Leap Year!  Actually, there’s a drink for just about everything.  This one dates back to 1928, when it was created at the Savoy in London by bartender, Harry Craddock.  I first happened upon it—whilst contemplating a suitable drink for this special day—in my trusty Mr. Boston’s de Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide (1964 edition).  The guide calls for orange-flavored gin, which I’ve never heard of nor seen; most contemporary recipes call for Grand Marnier.

Looks like a Manhattan (see photo), doesn’t it?  Though similar in texture, it is, perhaps, a more flavorful drink.  Sweet with hints of citrus.  An excellent signature drink for 2012 and, of course, today!

What you’ll need:  Gin, Grand Marnier, Sweet Vermouth & Lemon Juice

Pour 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier, 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth, and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice into a shaker over cracked ice.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a twist of lemon.

How I like it:  I used a shade more lemon juice than the recipe above.  I also went with the more contemporary, larger portions of today, and used 2 ounces of gin.  Earlier recipes only use 1 1/4 ounces.  And of course, as always, I used my preferred brand of gin: Bombay Sapphire.

Splurge with a couple of these on this extra day, but drink responsibly!

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