Leap year cocktail. A little bitter, a little sweet a whole lotta tasty. The perfect drink to celebrate one extra day this year.
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.
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.
- 4 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier
- 1 ounce sweet Vermouth
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the liquids.
- Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
- Serve chilled with lemon twist.