When you’re done preparing your taxes—don’t try this during the process—here’s a fine way to reward your hard work. I used to pop a bottle of champagne soon after I tucked my calculator away, but for several years I’ve been making an Income Tax Cocktail of my own design. It’s fun and miraculous as a trauma-reducer. After two of these, I think paying taxes is a good thing.
- 3 ounces bourbon (I like Woodford)
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 dash bitters
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- Mix all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir vigorously until it’s extremely cold.
- Strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Sip and forget.
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