Tax Time

Monday was 15 April, Tax Day here in the US. It is the deadline for filing your returns for the previous year. To mark the occasion, I have drunk 1794 on a couple of evenings this week. The drink is named for The Whiskey Rebellion, an event in early US history, where farmers revolted against tax imposed on the booze they distilled and used for trade. The government response to the insurrection marked the first and only occasion that the sitting President of the US led troops in the field.

The cocktail is, obviously, Whiskey based. I used Rye, which is closer to the type of drink made in the eighteenth century; Bourbon becoming popular only in more recent times.

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1 1/2 oz Rye (Rittenhouse 100)
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.

The main attraction of this drink is the balance. Campari can often overpower other ingredients, but here you can taste it and the whiskey, both of which are complemented by the sweetness in the vermouth.

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