Although the aftermath of tax season is something to rejoice about (more money in our pockets), the actual exercise of filling out tax forms, trying to unearth receipts to deduct and figure out withholding is quite stressful!
Whether you are doing taxes yourself or have someone helping you out, there’s no debate that the end of March and beginning of April is a bit hectic and results in massive hair pulling. To help ease you through this tumultuous time, here are some super strong, stress relieving cocktail recipes because nothing relieves stress faster than liquor.
Prepare these tasty libations when you start to feel the tax time stress and instantly feel your worries and aggravations melt away. Just think, in a few short days, you’ll be tax and stress-free and your refund will be on its way to your pocketbook.
Mint julep martini recipe
When you get that Office Space feeling where you want to take a baseball bat to your computer, printer or calculator, take a step back and prepare one of these minty and sweet Southern cocktails. Then, as you sip the refreshing mixture, close your eyes and envision yourself in a big floppy hat in Churchill Downs sipping down these fancy drinks next to celebrities. Not only will that take away tax stress, it’ll give you an idea about what to spend your refund on! (Fancy hats and a trip to Kentucky!)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups Kentucky bourbon
- Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool for at least one hour.
- Pour into four martini glasses filled with ice and garnish with additional mint leaves and enjoy!
Gin and juice recipe
Although the sound of this cocktail may be a little gangster, late ’90s rap scene to you, this traditional cocktail recipe has been around much longer than ol’ Snoop D-O-double-G. Made with a mix of orange juice, pineapple juice and regular gin (like Tanqueray or Beefeater), this has the perfect complement of flavors. However, if you are feeling a little nostalgic for the good ol’ days of old school hip hop, enjoy this drink while you listen to Snoop’s song “Gin & Juice.” Might make taxes easier to bear!
- 1-1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Mix gin, orange juice and pineapple juice together in a chilled martini mixer. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with fresh pineapple and a few sprigs of mint. Enjoy!
Creamsicle cocktail recipe
When you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by the burden of taxes and adult responsibility, whip up one of these milky, fruity cocktails and take a trip down memory lane. Each sip will remind you of the less complicated times of creamsicle pops and after-school cartoons, where you had not a worry in the world. This cocktail recipe tastes just like the frozen dessert, only better since there’s liquor in it.
- 4 ounces orange juice
- 2 ounces cream (or ice cream)
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce triple sec
- Fill a chilled martini mixer with ice halfway; then mix in the orange juice, the cream, the vodka and finally add the triple sec. Shake vigorously. Pour mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh oranges and enjoy!
What better way to get through tax season than to get rip-roaring drunk?