Have you ever wondered why we have Leap Year? Basically, leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. There is so much history and so many theories behind the need for Leap Year but ultimately, it comes around only once every four years, and this year we are graced with an extra day, so let's make the most of it and enjoy a well-made cocktail ~ as if we needed a reason!
There are also a few interesting facts about this special day. For instance, the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is an actual club for people born on February 29th and more than 10,000 people worldwide are members of this exclusive group. Included are a few famous "leaplings" such as motivational speaker Tony Robbins, actors Dennis Farina and Antonio Sabato Jr. and rapper Ja Rule.
"Leaplings" or "Leapers" as they are called usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28th or March 1st on non-leap years, which can be confusing to some, but what choice do they have? There is also a Leap Year tradition that says it's completely acceptable for a woman to propose to a man on February 29th with this being showcased in the 2010 romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The story tells of a woman who traveled to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to marry her on leap day, due to the tradition that says men can't refuse a woman's proposal on that particular day. This tradition dates back to St. Bridget who is said to have complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for a man to propose. St. Patrick apparently took this into consideration and supposedly gave women one designated day to ask for a man to marry her. Interesting, huh?
Whether you're one of the 200,000 "leaplings" born on February 29th, a woman who is planning a marriage proposal or maybe just looking for a reason to celebrate an extra day with a special drink, Hornitos has you covered with Cocktail No. 366, a tequila twist on the classic Leap Day cocktail. Enjoy!
Cocktail No. 366
- 1 1/2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- 2 parts Seltzer
- 1 part Campari Liqueur
- 1/4 part Sweet Vermouth
- Dash of Orange Bitters
- Orange Peel
Preparation: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass and serve in a Collins glass. Garnish with an orange peel.