Updated: May 11, 2020
Here at DRY we love any reason to celebrate. Maybe it’s a birthday, maybe it’s a promotion, or maybe we have an Amazon order waiting on our porch for us when we get home.
Don’t lie. You’ve totally celebrated that too!
So, when an event only comes around once every four years… you KNOW we’re going to raise our glasses.
2020 Leap Year – An Extra Day to Enjoy
2020 is a Leap Year. February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years and is called a leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure because the Earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days.
There’s a lot of folklore and tradition surrounding leap day. According to one tradition, a leap day is the only day of the year a woman can propose marriage to a man. As legend has it, in fifth-century Ireland, St. Bridget lamented the fact that women had to wait for a man to propose.
You go, girl!
St. Patrick came up with a solution that allowed women one day every four years to take the initiative. Enter Leap Day.
Harry Craddock & The Leap Day Cocktail
By far, our favorite fun fact is that there’s an official Leap Day Cocktail.
Its invention is credited to Harry Craddock.
Considered one of the most famous barmen of the 1920s, Craddock, though born in England, trained as a bartender in the United States. This included a stint at the famous Knickerbocker Hotel in New York. Anyone else getting Gatsby vibes? Because we’re here for it!
When prohibition hit, Craddock and his family made their way back to England where he began working at The American Bar at the famed Savoy Hotel. One of the earliest establishments to introduce American-style cocktails to Europe, The American Bar was quite the hot spot.
Legend has it that in 1928 (you guessed it… A Leap Year) Harry Craddock invented “The Leap Day Cocktail” for the day’s celebrations.
According to the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, “It [The Leap Day Cocktail] is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed”. The original gin-soaked cocktail recipe can be found here, but you know we couldn’t just leave it at that.
Zero-Proof Recipe: Reinventing the Leap Day Cocktail into a 2020 Mocktail
Yes, we realize we’re in the ’20s again but who needs gin and jazz to celebrate? We prefer our bathtubs for bubbles.
We mixed up some zero-proof, prohibition acceptable, Leap Day fun of our own. We think Harry Craddock would definitely approve.
The Zero-Proof Leap Day Cocktail
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/6th Black Cherry Juice
1/6th Juniper Syrup (Recipe here)
Shake the lemon juice, cherry juice, and juniper syrup with ice, pour into a glass, top with DRY Blood Orange Sparkling and garnish with a lemon peel. A little bitter, a little sweet, a little bit of 1920’s style fun in 2020.
Here’s to Leap Day traditions old, new, and other unusual reasons to celebrate.