The Leap Day martini's cousin

Slate's Troy Patterson profiles a drink for every four years.

Leap Year Cocktail: Like Sipping Gin While Sucking on a Throat Lozenge
Invented by Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1928, the leap year cocktail is sweet, and bitter, but not exactly bittersweet. In his excellent book Cocktail—subtitled The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century but out of print since the 20th—Paul Harrington pegs the leap year as the “dulcified cousin of the Martini,” which is as apt a phrase as any for a drink that somewhat shares a flavor profile with grandma candy...

The Leap Year Cocktail
Yield: 1 serving
Time: A couple to 3 minutes
2 ounces gin (Plymouth works nicely)
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier (get in touch if you figure out interesting ways to fix this drink with other orange liqueurs, such as Cointreau or Creole Shrubb, or with fermented Sunkist)
Scant 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
Generous 1/2 ounce lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish
Shake the gin, Grand Marnier, vermouth, and lemon juice with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist. Get a pre-nup (optional).


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