A Holiday Cocktail To Calm Your Nerves: Ants in the Pants Cocktail [Recipe]

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Lesley M.M. Blume, author of the fabulous new book Let’s Bring Back The Cocktail: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras, shares a cocktail recipe sure to calm your nerves this holiday season.

Ants in the Pants Cocktail

Recipe by Lesley M.M. Blume

“The Prohibition era certainly embraced twitching nervousness as a cornerstone of the popular culture: Not only did that epoch give us the wild jitterbug dance, it offered up the now-forgotten Ants in the Pants Cocktail. Examining the ingredient list, however, it appears that the effects were likely curative instead of causal.”


  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash fresh lemon juice
  • lemon peel twist for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with the lemon peel twist.
  3. Administer at first signs of antsiness, butterflies, or heebie-jeebies.

Cocktail photo from Shutterstock


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About the Author

is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .