Tax Day is April 18. There’s a cocktail for that. Yes, there really is a drink named for the tax levied by the government on personal income. This version of the classic, gin-based libation comes from Brad Hensarling, the craft cocktail guru behind Fort Worth’s The Usual bar and lounge. “The total volume of this drink is about double what I would normally use in the bar,” Hensarling says. “But I figure at this time of year, people are either enjoying their refunds or need to take the edge off of a five-figure phone call from their CPA.” Flavored with lemon juice and orange blossom water, the citrusy sipper provides sweet relief from the headaches of losing paperwork, verifying decimal points and scrambling to file on time.
Income Tax Cocktail
Makes 1 drink
• 2 ounces Ransom Old Tom Gin
• 3/4 ounce Dolin Rouge Vermouth
• 1/2 ounce Dolin Dry Vermouth
• 3/4 ounce raspberry syrup
• 1/2 ounce lemon juice
• 1 drop orange blossom water
• Lemon twist for garnish
Add all ingredients except lemon twist to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Finely strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
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