This leap year cocktail is a little bitter, a little sweet a whole lotta tasty with gin, grand marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928, this is the perfect drink to celebrate one extra day this year.

Leap year cocktail. Gin, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928.

2016 is a leap year, which means this coming Monday (29th) is the extra day in the month.Does that mean it’s an extra day on the end of the weekend? (wishful thinking). Sadly no, but it is our way of keeping the astronomical calendar synchronized because of the solar systems disparity with the Gregorian calendar or something of that nature. Can you tell I’m not up on astronomy? But not to bore you, I just prefer to look at it like it’s  just a fun way to celebrate the extra day.

Leap year cocktail. Gin, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928.

The leap year cocktail was invented at the Savoy in London in the leap year of 1928. Is it me, or did all the old cocktails get invented there? No one could ever accuse us Brits of not enjoying tasty libation. I digress. This perfect sipping cocktail consists of gin (naturally British), Grand Marnier, sweet Vermouth and fresh lemon juice, all shaken (not stirred) and served martini-style with a lemon twist. Simple, elegant and sophisticated. So raise a glass to the extra day, because it won’t be coming around for another 4 years.

Leap year cocktail. Gin, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928.

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Leap Year Cocktail

Leap Year Cocktail

Gin, grand marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (118ml) Gin
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the liquids. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  2. Serve chilled with lemon twist.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 6mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

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Leap year cocktail. Gin, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth and fresh lemon juice. Invented in London in the leap year of 1928.