Income Tax Cocktail

Oh tax time, I’m not a fan. Sure, yeah, paying them is good an all. Support your community and all of that. If you’re anything like me, when you’ve finally finished your taxes, you need a good cocktail or three. Luckily for all of us, you, me and everyone out there who needs a drink, there’s a classic cocktail for this special occasion: the Income Tax Cocktail.

A cocktail actually named the Income Tax Cocktail? Yeah, bear with me. Let’s not begrudge the drink because of its name.

pour bombay sapphire gin

What we have here is what you need: gin and vermouth. These friends make one of my favorite drinks of all time, the Martini. With the Income Tax Cocktail, you’re not just getting one type of vermouth (the standard dry), but you’re also getting sweet. That’s what we like to call a two-for-one deal right there.

See that? Getting anything extra after paying taxes is a very good deal indeed.

We have our gin, we have our sweet and dry vermouth, to which we add some freshly squeezed orange juice. Could you go with some pre-squozen (totally not a word, but Alice insists) stuff? I mean, you technically could, but come on, do yourself a solid and squeeze it yourself. You’re going to use that orange later for a garnish anyway.

Rounding out all of those flavors is some bitters. Like that, bingo bango, the Income Tax Cocktail.

sweet and dry vermouthpour everything into boston shaker

Some have theorized (great ambiguous opener, no?) that the name of this cocktail is derived from the fact that like income taxes, it’s surprising. Who knows where the numbers come from? (All you accountants out there can put your hands down. I’m being hyperbolic.) It looks like a fruity drink (much like the Cherry Blossom), but after your first sip and the temporary sweetness passes you, then you have some serious bitter, dry, perfectly placed aperitif notes (much like the Casino). See that? More two-for-one deals!

garnish with orange twistincome tax cocktail

This cocktail has exactly what you need for tax day. Booze. Oh, and two-for-one deals.

Now, onto the Income Tax Cocktail!

Income Tax Cocktail
Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 1
  • 1½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. dry vermouth
  • ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
  • ¾ oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange twist
  • Glass type: coupe
  1. Squeeze your OJ.
  2. Add everything to your shaker with ice.
  3. Shake.
  4. Pour into your coupe.
  5. Twist your orange peel again, like you did last summer.
  6. Garnish.
  7. Enjoy being done with taxes.
  8. And a good cocktail.