Even Leap Day has a cocktail
What was Julius Caesar thinking when he created the extra Leap Year day in February? Not that I’m in any hurry to see March – it being just as soggy and cold as November-May – but an extra day in July or August would be so much better.
Leap Day is mostly lacking in traditions or celebrations, but does claim its own cocktail. According to Paul Clarke on SeriousEats, this Leap Year cocktail was created at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1928 to celebrate Leap Day.
2 oz gin ½ oz Grand Marnier ½ oz sweet vermouth (I used Dolin) 1 dash fresh lemon juice
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use for garnish.
Have a couple on the 29th, because real life is for March.
As always, check out my Glossary of Spirits page for alcohol and mixer definitions and details.