kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Drop the pencils and reach for the shaker!

I'm not embarrassed to admit that I only attempted doing my taxes one time, and the experience scarred me for life. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with calculators and pencils in hand, forms spread out all over, arguing with my then-boyfriend, the two of us second guessing ourselves and scratching our heads.

The following year, thankfully we got a tax accountant, or we may never have made it to the altar. And we've never looked back since.

Whether you have a knack for numbers and a penchant for TurboTax, or (like me) it's all foreign and paying someone hundreds of dollars seems like a bargain to maintain your sanity, you are (hopefully) breathing a sigh of relief right now that it's all over. (Unless you procrastinated or are filing an extension..). To celebrate, try the Income Tax Cocktail, a Martini twist that uses a good dose of sweet and dry vermouth, along with some OJ and bitters. It'll make those visions of 1099s just disappear..
Income Tax Cocktail
2 oz gin
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1 oz orange juice
Angostura bitters to taste
Orange twist for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.