I’m not sure if I like cocktails so much because of the way they taste, the way they make me feel, or simply because of their pithy names… This Prohibition favorite seems to address all three quite nicely. At first, I thought the mix of Grand Marnier and Sweet Vermouth was going to be too much sweetness, but surprisingly, the dash (albeit, a long dash…) of Lemon Juice makes for a well-balanced libation.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present Ants in the Pants:

1 oz.      Gin (London Dry)

½ oz.    Sweet Vermouth (Martini & Rossi is fine)

½ oz.     Grand Marnier

1 Dash Lemon Juice (I used a long dash)

Garnish with a lemon peel

Combine and shake all ingredients with crushed ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon peel.