Taste Test: Income Tax Cocktail

It’s never too late to celebrate the end of tax season!


A friend gave us this great cocktail recipe book called Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten Spirits: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie and Beyond: 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them by Ted Haigh.

Despite the trappings (not one but TWO subtitles, and an author who calls himself Dr. Cocktail), the book is actually very educational. Did you know the “cocktail” was only one type of drink before Prohibition? There were juleps and slushes and fizzes, flips and fixes and crustas and swizzles. And, oh yes, the cocktail.

After Prohibition, no one really cared anymore, so any type of mixed drink could be called a “cocktail.” And that’s how we happened upon The Income Tax Cocktail, a drink that mixes both sweet and dry vermouth and packs a citrusy punch with fresh squeezed orange juice.

IMG_0308My husband put it best when he said, “If someone handed me this after work every day, I’d drink it!”

If only we could get back tax money that frequently.

The Income Tax Cocktail

  • 1 & 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounces each of sweet and dry vermouth
  • Juice of 1/4 an orange
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake in iced shaker, strain into a glass, top with an orange wedge, and enjoy!



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