According to The Savoy Cocktail Book – Harry Craddock, a famed bartender who worked in the Savoy Hotel’s ‘American Bar’ during the Prohibition, invented the Leap Year Cocktail. He claims that the drink, which he created for a party on 29th February 1928, has been “responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.”
Why, you may ask, has this delicious blend of gin, sweet vermouth and grand marnier been an integral part of so many engagements? Well, it may have something to do with the date, rather than the drink itself!
The custom of women being ‘allowed’ to propose on the 29th February came from 5th Century Ireland when St Brigid complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long to be married. St Patrick from then on allowed women to propose one day a year on the 29th February – Hmmm ….
Leap year cocktail recipe
- 30 ml Fordington Gin
- 20 ml Grand Marnier
- 20 ml Sweet vermouth
- 1 Dash of lemon juice
- Stir together into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Squeeze a beautifully shaved slice of lemon peel on top and drop into a chilled cocktail glass