Articles Tagged: Leap Day


Can we save the “Leap Day Cocktail?”

As 2012 rolls onward, I find myself looking back ever so slightly. I’ve known of the Leap Day Cocktail for some time now. For those of you not in the know, its an elegantly constructed cocktail: a well balanced proportion of gin, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and sweet Vermouth. (Also, was re-blogged and re-tweeted by the entire cocktail-o-sphere a scant 2 months ago)

But here’s where I’m going. There’s some sort of stigma attached to the cocktail. Can you order the “Leap Day Cocktail” in July? In July 2014? Sure, it was everywhere on February 29th, but it seems that this cocktail disappears into oblivion in the interim, never to be heard of again. That is until February 29th, 2016.

Alternative Methods of Ordering the Cocktail Can we re-name the cocktail the “Sweet Vemouth Yellow Daisy with a generous dash of Lemon Juice?” or perhaps “the Arthur Tompkins drinking Vemouth on the Patio?” (or the Pink Top?). How about “make me a Red Lion, in a rocks glass, but wish a dash of Vermouth?”

I ask this important question because I think there’s a really good cocktail buried under this insidious name.

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Cocktails by Consensus: Leap Day Cocktail

SlateInstitute for Alcoholic ExperimentationSavoy StompIce + Clink + Drink Gin2 oz.40 mL1.5 oz. 2 oz. Grand Marnier1/2 oz.10 mL1/2 of 3/4 oz1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth"Scant" 1/2 oz.10 mL1/2 of 3/4 oz.(Carpano Antica)1/2 oz Lemon Juice"Generous" 1/2 oz.1 dash1 teaspoon 1 dash GarnishLemon TwistLemon TwistLemon Peel (squeezed on top)Lemon Twist InstructionsShake and StrainShake and StrainShake (with reservations) and strainShake and Strain

As the origin for the leap day cocktail is rather clear, we don’t see a ton of variation. Slate’s version is by the far most different, opting for an increased quantity of lemon juice. Savoy Stomp’s quantities aren’t actually different, they instead opt for precision of the original’s quantities. 2/3 of the glass measurement used in the the original book is approximately 1/2 of 3/4 of an ounce. For you fraction addicts out there, 3/8 of an ounce will do.

Happy Leap Day!

Source #1: Slate Source #2: The Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation Source #3: Savoy Stomp  Source #4: Ice, Clink and Drink

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