Leap Year
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Leap Year
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.9 / 5
A cocktail from the Savoy book, originally made to celebrate the leap year on February 29th 1928. A cocktail from the Savoy book, originally made to celebrate the leap year on February 29th 1928.
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Savoy Cockail Book
Base ingredient
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Gin
Garnish
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Lemon
Alcohol content
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27.29% | 2.27 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Leap Year

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel and serve
~ Just add a dash of lemon if you can't measure it out properly. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history or origin of the Leap Year cocktail?

The Leap Year cocktail was created by Harry Craddock, a famous bartender at the Savoy Hotel in London. It was first introduced in his 1930 cocktail book, 'The Savoy Cocktail Book.' Craddock mentioned that the cocktail was responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that he made, which aligns with the notion of Leap Year as a time when traditions are inverted, such as women proposing to men.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Leap Year cocktail?

The Leap Year cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature. Before pouring the drink, chilling the glass in the freezer or filling it with ice while preparing the cocktail can ensure that it stays cold longer. Garnish with a twist of lemon to emphasize the citrus notes and enhance its presentation.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Leap Year compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 27.29%, the Leap Year cocktail has a moderately high alcohol content compared to many other classic cocktails. It's stronger than light cocktails such as the Aperol Spritz but less potent than very strong cocktails like the Martini or Manhattan. Its balanced mix of ingredients makes it a good choice for those who enjoy a noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol presence in their drink.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the proper technique for making a Leap Year cocktail?

The correct technique for making a Leap Year cocktail involves chilling the cocktail glass beforehand, then combining the orange liqueur, lemon juice, dry gin, red vermouth, and gin in a shaker filled with ice. Shake the mixture vigorously until well chilled, about 15-20 seconds. Strain the mix into the prepared glass. The technique emphasizes shaking over stirring to ensure a well-mixed drink that's cold and slightly aerated.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Leap Year cocktail for something else?

Yes, while the original Leap Year cocktail recipe provides a specific blend of flavors, some ingredients can be substituted if necessary. For instance, if red vermouth is not available, a similar dry or sweet vermouth might be used to adjust the flavor subtly. In place of orange liqueur, one could consider using an orange-flavored syrup for a non-alcoholic version, or a different citrus liqueur for a slight variation in taste.

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