It’s Tax Day, Enjoy Your Income Tax

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr.” ~Will Rogers

Ah, Tax Day. Thanks to Benjamin Franklin it will forever be linked with death, but oddly enough it also inspired the creation of an excellent classic cocktail: the Income Tax. According to diffordsguide, the Income Tax cocktail is a variation of the Bronx (a Perfect Martini with orange juice), with the addition of a dash of Angostura bitters. And if you’re like me, it will be more than just a dash. Whether you’re toasting a nice refund, or lamenting another pound of flesh that Uncle Sam has extracted from you, the Income Tax is a perfect drink for the spring. Or summer, for you late filers.

The Income Tax


  • 2 oz gin
  • .25 oz sweet vermouth
  • .25 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Dash(es) Angostura bitters

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.

I used Death’s Door Gin (see review) for my Income Tax, and it worked really well. That’s right, Death and Taxes, together again for the first time. I’m eager to try an Income Tax with the upcoming Beefeater Summer Gin (see tasting notes); I imagine its sweet, floral profile would add an entirely new dimension to this cocktail.

For a how-to demo, check out the Small Screen Network for a video of Robert Hess mixing an Income Tax Cocktail.

If you want to enjoy an Income Tax with your fellow imbibers, The Tar Pit has it on special today:

A Cure for Your Income Taxes
Thursday, April 15, 2010
$6 Income Tax cocktail

The Tar Pit
609 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 965-1300

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