Leap Year Cocktail
1 Dash Lemon Juice. (OK, it was close to a teaspoon)
2/3 Gin. (1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin)
1/6 Grand Marnier (1/2 of 3/4 oz Grand Marnier)
1/6 Italian vermouth. (1/2 of 3/4 oz Carpano Antica)
Shake (stir, I thought) well and serve in cocktail glass. Squeeze lemon peel on top.
This Cocktail was created by Harry Craddock, for the Leap Year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel, London, on February 29th, 1928. It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.
First, I’m not quite sure this picture adequately conveys the loveliness of the color of this cocktail.
Second, wacky, I can’t quite explain the flavor. Initially, it was the vanilla/caramel of the Antica which dominated. But as I settled in to enjoying it, it became stranger and kind of chocolate-ish. Definitely drier than I expected, but still pretty sweet at the same time. Cool.
I know there’s been a lot of revision of this cocktail and cocktails like it.
Just want to encourage anyone to give it a try as written first, then work on variations. I dunno, maybe it doesn’t need improvement.
This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.