Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 52

by Amer A. Vargas

Leap Year

The Leap Year Cocktail by shinycolors is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

As the New Year progresses, we arrive at a longer-than-usual February. Yes, 2020 is a leap year, which rewards us with an additional day this month for fun and cocktails!

Did you know that there actually is a cocktail named Leap Year? It was created by barman Harry Craddock on the 29th of February 1928 for the Leap Year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel in London where he worked, and was recorded for the first time in the 1930s cocktail compilation, The Savoy Cocktail Book.

To prepare it you will need:

  • 2 oz/60 ml. Gin (preferably Premium Gin);
  • ½ oz/15 ml. Grand Marnier liqueur (although modern versions call for Triple Sec, like Cointreau);
  • ½ oz/15 ml. sweet vermouth and
  • a couple of dashes (about ¼ oz/7.5 ml.) of fresh lemon juice.

Fill a shaker with ice cubes, put in all the ingredients at once and shake well. Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass and finish by twisting a lemon peel on the cocktail and leaving it on the rim as garnish.

Enjoy the 29 days of February…Cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.

Por Amer A. Vargas

Amer A. Vargas graduated with a Tourism Degree specializing in hotel management from CETT (Center for Tourism Studies) in Barcelona and spent the following decade in the service industry. Beginning as a waiter and then supervisor in high-end restaurants, he was next made responsible for raising service standards through staff training programs. After receiving further training as a butler, he worked as a butler and valet in private service as well as hotels in England and Europe.

During this time period, he translated the best-selling industry texts Butlers & Household Managers, 21st Century Professionals and Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators into Spanish and is currently creating butler training materials in the Spanish language.

As the Director of Spanish-speaking Markets, Amer is responsible for making the technology of butling available in private residences and hotels in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. He provides consultation, placement, and training services in these countries.