Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thirsty Thursdays: Tax Man Edition

I don't know how you feel about April 15th - personally, I'm not a fan. Fraught with stress, filled with bitterness and, usually, a midnight run to the all night Post Office on 34th Street - its a day I'm happy to see end. I don't even do my own taxes, but I'm still a Last Minute Lucy.

Generally, we cap off the evening's festivities with a good stiff drink. Last night was no exception.

The Tax Collector:

  • 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz. premium vodka
  • 2 - 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • some ginger ale for topping up
Garnishes:
  • a slice of orange, lime or lemon
  • optional - knife for opening veins so that IRS can bleed you dry
Place the first 5 ingredients (grapefruit juice through vodka) in an ice filled martini shaker. Shake and pour over ice into a rocks glass. Top up the drink with some ginger ale to taste. Serve and enjoy, repeat as necessary!

Knowing full well the depths of my bitterness, this drink required a bitter base - hence grapefruit juice. You could certainly opt for oj if that is your preference. I'm not going to lie, as written this is an astringent little beverage. It would be lovely served as a summer refresher, on a nice warm day - though it was equally good for taking edge off last night ... when both the mood and the temperature were bitter.

Let's face it, vodka makes everything better - even April 15th!

Cheers!

12 comments:

doggybloggy said...

this drink is hardly taxing...it seems more fiscally responsible than an economic downturn...

Tracy said...

I like the bitter aspect of this drink! Another good Tax Day cocktail might include Qi Spirits Tea Liqueur to honor the Tea Parties that went on around the country yesterday.

5 Star Foodie said...

I definitely need this drink right about now!

Anonymous said...

Horrors! I forgot to have my Moscow Mule on Easter. Can we do the holiday over????

Kimizzy said...

April 15th is a magical day when the Money Fairy gives me all the white people's riches.

Kidding... this drink seems appropriate... yesterday was painful.

Nice photography too, btw. :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Indeed, doggybloggy, indeed! Cheers!

Tracy - I should have checked in with you yesterday ... I love your Spirits Tea idea. Next year!

5 Star Foodie - Word. I think we all do. ;)

Anon - we'll have to remedy that asap!

Kimizzy - LOL and thanks! I wish the point of the knife was more visible ... but I think the spirit is accurately conveyed. ;)

Daniel said...

Thanks for teaching me a new drink!! There are few days that leave me more bitter than April 15th, so a stiff drink like this would be perfect to ease my pain.

Dan
Casual Kitchen

Sage Rose said...

Oh, I wish I saw this on Wednesday.
Oh well, I'll try it anyways.
You are SO right about Vodka.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Daniel - this would certainly help on any difficult day ... though I hope you're not having a difficult one today. Cheers!

Sage Rose - any day is a good day for vodka ... especially Friday! :)

Tangled Noodle said...

Another great drink to try, Diva! But I have to admit, as I was reading it, the voice I heard was your avatar from Wednesday Wackness! I forgot to mention that your last lines sent me over the edge into hysterical laughter. 8-D

The Diva on a Diet said...

LOL, Noodle, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's getting a kick out of that last line! ;)

The Wino said...

My taxes were actually done early and all the refund spent! (on bills...) I agree vodka does make everything better!