As Tax Day – and thus, tax season – ticks away, I suspect many of you are looking forward to a little relaxation. If a cocktail is in the cards, consider the Income Tax Cocktail.

1 1/2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. orange juice
2 dashes Angostura (or Peychaud’s) bitters

Combine ingredients, and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish: I opted for a lemon peel.

You can mix up the proportions a little if you’d like. I know some folks suggest less vermouth, but I’m going to disagree. I would, however, champion using good vermouth (it makes all the difference).

I suspect that it will come as no surprise that the Income Tax Cocktail is a prohibition-era drink. Rumor has it that the bitters represent the “bitterness” of tax season.

Since I’m always willing to go the extra mile for my readers, I tested this one out. It’s easy to drink, with a bit of sweetness. I would call it a satisfying ending to the season.

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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney, tax writer and podcaster.

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