This is a blog post that apparently only comes around every eight years. It’s February 29, 2016; or Leap Day for the 2016 Leap Year.
Now, I know that Leap Year comes around every four years but the last Leap Year blog post I wrote was back in 2008. If you will recall, the blog was in hiatus back in 2012. In the first blog post, I gave you links to various sites that explains the “whys” and wherefore’s” of the special day. No sense in repeating them here. Go read, “It’s Time For Leap Blog” .
Many websites “on the Google” today talked about the same traditions, and reasons why we have a Leap Year every 4 years, and how people born on February 29th celebrate their birthday.
Some suggest we should use this extra 24 hours as a “re-set day”, like a mini-New Years Day. Others suggest a chance to perform some Random Acts of Kindness. I like the latter idea.
Of course, tomorrow is also March 1st, and is considered “Super Tuesday” in the political realm. 14 states vote in Political Party Primaries to choose Presidential delegates for each party’s nomination convention. You could have used the extra 24 hours today to agonized over how you will vote or not vote tomorrow.
And if all this hoopla about elections and Leap Years has you a little stressed–then I have a perfect Leap Day suggestion for you.
Back on February 29th, 1928; Harry Craddock created the Leap Year Cocktail at the Savoy Hotel in London. And since Leap Day is a day tradition states that a woman may propose to man, Serious Eats says “It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.”
Here is their recipe based on the original by Mr. Craddock.
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash fresh lemon juice
HAPPY LEAP YEAR AND CHEERS!
Okay, and I won’t make you read the old blog post, here are the original links.