We don’t know anybody—besides our accountant—who likes tax season. From the tedious task of gathering all the paperwork and figuring out the proper deductions to the number-crunching, it’s absolutely no fun. The good news is that the process for most of us is just about over. (FYI procrastinators, you technically have until midnight this coming Monday to file.) So we’d like to give you an immediate reward for all your hard work.
Celebrate your completed Form 1040 by mixing up the aptly named Income Tax Cocktail. We found it in the 1935 first edition, second printing of Old Mr. Boston Official Bar-Tenders Guide. The classic is a mixture of gin, orange juice, bitters, and both sweet and dry vermouth. (Yes, mixological scholars, it is very close to the recipe for the Bronx.)
And for those of you getting a big refund this year, try making The Billionaire Cocktail (pictured above). The deluxe tipple was created by Jason Kosmas and Liquor.com advisor Dushan Zaric for the menu of their popular New York bar Employees Only. It’s a delicious and slightly sweet combination of the super-premium and high-proof Baker’s Bourbon, lemon juice, grenadine and house-made absinthe bitters.
The drink is so tasty, it almost makes paying taxes enjoyable.
The Billionaire Cocktail
Contributed by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric
- 2 oz Baker’s Bourbon
- 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- .5 oz Grenadine (Employees Only)
- .25 oz Absinthe Bitters*
- Garnish: Lemon wheel
- Glass: Cocktail
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
* Absinthe Bitters
- 3.75 oz Pernod Absinthe
- 2 oz Kübler Absinthe
- 1.75 oz Green Chartreuse
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 15 dashes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
Using a funnel, add all the ingredients to a small bottle. Cap or cork the bottle and gently turn it upside-down to blend. Store at room temperature.
Income Tax Cocktail
- .25 oz Dry vermouth
- .25 oz Sweet vermouth
- 1.5 oz Gin
- .75 oz Orange juice
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- Glass: Cocktail
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with cracked ice. Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.
This recipe is adapted from the 1935 first edition, second printing of Old Mr. Boston Official Bar-Tenders Guide.