Why do we not eat income tax cupcakes every year? Come on, people! Tax Day (April 15 in the U.S.) is when we need cupcakes the most! We can celebrate completion of a mound of paperwork, reward ourselves for our refunds, or try to cheer ourselves up when we find that we owe big bucks.
It turns out that some very smart people in the cocktail world decided long ago that income tax day needed to be commemorated in drink – specifically, the income tax cocktail. I learned about the income tax cocktail from fellow St. Louis food blogger John Griffin at Kitchen Riffs. It’s a classic cocktail that features gin, vermouth, Angostura bitters, and orange juice (head to Kitchen Riffs for the exact recipe).
If you don’t love strong drinks (or even if you do), you can still enjoy this small piece of cocktail history by trying my cupcake version of it. The cocktail cupcakes won’t get you drunk and the cupcakes don’t taste strongly of alcohol. Rather, the flavor of the gin, vermouth, and bitters appears in the cupcake as a mild aftertaste to a simple, sweet yellow cake.
Good luck this week, tax procrastinators, and enjoy your Tax Day cupcakes!