Leap Year Cocktail Recipe

Jennifer Hess

When I was a kid, one of my mother's closest friends was in the habit of slyly pointing out that she'd had only twelve (or thereabouts) birthdays--this, despite the fact that she was a middle-aged mother of three. Her punchline of course--and note I never said it was a good one--was that she was born on February 29, a date that only appears on the calendar when leap year rolls around.

Hey, look at today's date! As you might expect from such a benign oddity, the day has spawned its own cocktail. The Savoy Cocktail Book states, "This Cocktail was created by Harry Craddock, for the Leap Year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel, London, on February 29th, 1928. It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed."

I can't attest to Craddock's claim, but I can back up the notion that the Leap Year is a very engaging concoction. Mildly sweet, with a faint touch of bitterness, the cocktail is tasty enough to be enjoyed regularly while we wait for the next February 29 to roll around.

Adapted from Savoy Cocktail Book.

Recipe Facts

Active: 3 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces gin

  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 1 dash fresh lemon juice


  1. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use for garnish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
211 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)