26 Feb '16, 1pm

Leap Year London

The leap year’s extra day is necessary because of the “messiness” of our Solar System. One Earth year (a complete orbit around the Sun) does not take an exact number of whole days (one complete spin of the Earth on its axis). In fact, it takes 365.2422 days, give or take. This extra day, not to mention those few extra nano-seconds, give rise to some unusual traditions. I n tradition of giving the opportunity for ladies to propose to their beau (if he hasn’t already done so, don’t bother girls) gave Harry Craddock at the Savoy Hotel the idea to make the proposal more amenable to the recalcitrant lover. First available at the bar on 29th February, 1928 the Leap Year Cocktail was said to have spurred many a marriage proposal: 2 ounces gin ½ ounce Grand Marnier ½ ounce sweet vermouth ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass Serve with a twist of ...

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