This gin-based tipple won’t banish all of your tax-time woes, but after mixing up one or two you might just forget about the IRS until next year. Dangerously drinkable, it mixes herbaceous gin with both sweet and dry vermouth, freshly squeezed citrus and a dash or two of bitters.
With its origins as murky as the US Tax Code, no one is really certain how the Income Tax Cocktail earned its name. Maybe the addition of bitters to what is otherwise a Bronx cocktail is meant to evoke the primary tax-time emotion, but if that’s the case I can think of any number of drinks more deserving of the name (something with Campari, for instance).
Thankfully, you don’t need to understand the drink’s etymology to enjoy it. So after you’ve finished wrestling your Form 1040 into submission, take a moment on this Tax Deadline Day to raise a glass to your overworked accountant or the eldritch mutterings of your tax warlock.
Trust me, you won’t be alone.
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