St. Bridget’s Complaint is a leap year event, in the Europe of old it was known as Bachelor’s Day in which women could propose to men (if the man refused he was required to buy the woman 12 pairs of gloves – in theory to cover up the fact she was not wearing an engagement ring – or so the story goes).
People born on this day are either lucky or unlucky, depending on what you read and I will only give two examples:
- Ann Lee born February 29th, 1736 was the founder of the Shaker Movement. As you recall the Shakers believed in celibacy, sexual equality, and energetic worship.
- Anthony Robbins born February 29th, 1960 is a motivational speaker who believes in neuro-linguistic programming.
The Historical Inebriant: Leap Year Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Twist of lemon peel