Income Tax Cocktail

[Photo: Jennifer Hess]

Sometimes, all you need to do in order to create a new cocktail is to add bitters to an old cocktail. The Income Tax is nothing more than a Bronx with bitters. But that's okay; the bitters add such a depth of flavor that the cocktail earns a new moniker.

The origins of this drink are obscure; it dates to no later than the 1920s, but otherwise, no one seems to know where or when it arose, or how it was named. Nevertheless, it's a tasty drink.

It's worth it for this drink to buy an actual gosh-darned orange and squeeze it fresh, by the way. The flavor's so much better than the stuff from a carton.

About the author: Michael Dietsch approaches life with a hefty dash of bitters. He lives with wife, son, and cats in Brooklyn. Tickle him on twitter at @dietsch.

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Income Tax Cocktail

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, citrus juicer


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange wheel (optional)


  1. 1

    Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and bitters to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.


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