Friday, April 15, 2011

Drink 92: Refund Denied

Income Tax Cocktail
Possibly subject to AMT
We decided to have the Income Tax Cocktail for April 15th, the day that Federal taxes are due.  Of course when made that decision we didn't realize that  this year's due date was pushed out to April 18th even though April 15th is a Friday.  You are probably thinking, "Why is the due date the 18th?"  Even if you aren't thinking that, it is a convenient technique for telling you why anyway.  It is because April 16th is a holiday in Washington DC called Emancipation Day.  Since the 16th is on Saturday, the holiday is being observed on Friday, which pushes tax day to Monday.  That is almost as confusing as the tax code itself. Well it would be if I use 9,000,000+ more words to describe it.  You might also be wondering, "What is Emancipation Day?" I'm so glad you asked. Emancipation Day commemorates the day that Abraham Lincoln signed the law that freed the slaves in Washington DC.  I have lived in the south most of my life and for some reason people around here don't celebrate Emancipation Day.  I'll have to look into why that is.

Even though this is now 3 days early, we still bring you the Income Tax Cocktail, a mix of gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, orange juice, and bitters.   I'm still not sold on vermouth, but Mrs. Bottle seems to have grown accustomed to it. Thus she liked the drink better than I did. I thought had an unusual taste which I attributed to the combination of vermouths and bitters.  The vermouth taste was slight enough that I still thought the drink was acceptable, though. On the flip side, leaving out the vermouth and bitters would have made for a better albeit less complex drink.  Now if we could only have a better and less complex tax code.  Like vermouth, it would still leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall Rating for the Income Tax Cocktail

Taste: 3
Presentation: 2 – This is about the 13th drink that looks exactly the same
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks Until Blackout: 5 – 28% Alcohol


1 oz Gin
1.5 tsp Sweet Vermouth
1.5 tsp Dry Vermouth
1 dash Bitters
1 oz Orange Juice

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