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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