A New Favorite Cocktail: The Leap Year

Leap Year Cocktail

Leap Year Cocktail

Mark and I were looking to try a new drink the other night and found a recipe for a Leap Year in a cocktail book we have around the house. It was created by a barman named Harry Craddock for a party held on February 29, 1928 at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Leap Year Cocktail Mixers

Luckily, we had all the ingredients on hand.  Here’s the details:

Pour the following into a shaker.

  • Two measures/3 tbsp gin
  • 1/2 measure/2 tsp Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 measure/2 tsp sweet vermouth
  • Dash of lemon juice

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

I’m not sure if I would use a super fancy gin for this since the Grand Marnier and sweet vermouth would most likely overpower it. We found that the Beefeater gin, which has more of a citrus flavor, paired really well with the orange taste of Grand Marnier.

Be careful though, if you like real cocktails (as in, not the fruity sticky sweet stuff), you’ll definitely find yourself wanting more than just one.

1 Comment on A New Favorite Cocktail: The Leap Year

  1. Larry Burnside
    October 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Interesting as always. Can’t wait to try one.


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