Perfect Cocktails for Tax Day

This week, I did something a little different in honor of the IRS with Bartender Barry along for the ride.  Here is a collection of themed cocktails guaranteed to numb the pain.  If nothing else, these will make you laugh.  Happy tax day.  Remember, if you owed… you earned!


Citrusy and refreshing.  It will temporarily soothe the pain of filing last minute.



  • 2 ounces gin 
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth 
  • 3/4 ounce limoncello 
  • dash green Chartreuse
  •  Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass; garnish with lemon peel.

Income Tax 

This one will definitely take the edge off but could get you in more than IRS trouble.  When perfectly mixed you can’t taste the alcohol at all.  I’d follow the martini rule here: One martini… two martini…three martini ….floor



  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Juice of 1/4 orange
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.Note: the recipe we pp9found says to shake.  Bartender Barry says that while you do shake citrus, you never shake gin.  So, there you go.

IRS Blues

If you like it sweet to swallow the bitter tax pill, here you go!



  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blue curaco
  • 3 ounces lemonade

Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Money Maker

Ahhh, the color of money!  You can drink to it’s memory if you pay or celebrate it if you are getting a refund.  Since it is tax season, we poured a double.



  • 1/2 ounce pear-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 ounce green melon liqueur (preferably Midori)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake {with flare like you just don’t care}, then strain into a chilled short glass. Garnish with a lime twist and a lemon twist.

Head Banger

A favorite among these parts…. Tennessee Whiskey.  My Husband wanted to call this one “The Revenuer Man”
1 1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
Pour both ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into an old-fashioned glass and serve.

Sloe Screw

If all else fails to sum up your experience,  there is always go with this classic.



  • 1 1/2 ounces sloe gin
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • Garnish: ​orange slice
  • Optional: 3/4 ounce vodka

Pour the sloe gin (or sloe gin and vodka) into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with orange juice and garnish with an orange slice.

Thanks for the inspiration IRS!

Michelle & Barry


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