My husband and I are always late sending in our income tax information. Our accountant tells us that we have to have our forms and questionnaire in by Feb. 28. Unfailingly, we wait until the middle of March to gather all the paperwork. Somehow, though, this year, we got everything in on time, and even filed electronically. No last-minute trips to the post office for us!
To celebrate our accomplishment, I’m turning to a favorite book, “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh, which has the the perfect recipe for April 15.
Doc Cocktail says the drink is really a Bronx Cocktail with a couple dashes of bitters. “In fact,” he writes, “if you wanted to feel particularly film noir, you’d lean over the dark bar you find yourself in and growl, ‘Bronx with bitter, and make it snappy.’ Of course, since it’s included in this book, you know they’d look at you like you just crawled out from under a rock, but really, what could be more film noir than that?”
Doc also says if you don’t use fresh-squeezed orange juice, don’t bother to make this drink. (And in fact, he blames canned and bottled OJ on the reason The Bronx fell out of fashion in the first place.)
I quadrupled Doc’s recipe. (That way you have a handsome dividend. Get it?)
If you want to get fancy, you can flame the orange-peel garnish. First you warm the oils, then you squirt them out over the cocktail through the flame. It jumps out at ya.
From "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails" by Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh. Serves 2, with a handsome dividend.
- Income Tax Cocktail
- 8 ounces gin
- 2 ounces dry vermouth
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 4 ounces orange juice
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
This was originally posted on April 14, 2014.
Income Tax Cocktail
8 ounces gin
2 ounces dry vermouth
2 ounces sweet vermouth
4 ounces orange juice
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Serves 2, with a handsome dividend.