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Episode 77: Gin and Taxes – Income Tax

It is hard to imagine why you would want to name a drink after something that the great majority of the world hates, but here we are with the Income Tax Cocktail. Harry Craddock appears to be the person who wanted to remind people that the government is coming for your hard-earned money, so you should probably drown your sorrows.

This drink does not show up in very many places, but is often said to be just a Bronx Cocktail with Angostura bitters, which in turn is said to just be a perfect Martini with orange juice. So it is, and we don’t have a lot to go on with the cocktail itself. So our attention is turned to that exciting topic, TAXES!

We dive into the origins of income taxes and the 16th Amendment that made it all possible. This one actually turned out to be much more of a tangled web than we anticipated, involving the temperance movement, farmers, WWI, and President Woodrow Wilson. So join us as we explore this cocktail with an unfortunate name, and the possibility of income taxes being the real cause of, and end of U.S. prohibition.

Transition music: Cephalopod by Kevin MacLeod
Closing Music: Breath and Taxes by Noir

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