1 1/2oz gin
3/4oz sweet vermouth
1/4oz Amer Picon
1 dash orange bitters
Stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass. Source: Robert Hess
I tried a teeny sip of the Amer Picon straight and did not find it as intimidating as I'd been lead to believe it should be -- in fact, I thought it was pretty darn good. This drink has a nice sharpness to it, and is really smooth to sip. Nice tingle. I do seem to be gravitating towards the gin/bitter drinks; I should try playing with whiskey for a change.
EDIT: I was really enjoying this cocktail until Husband knocked a large portion of it into my crotch. Rather than change out of my jeans, I finished it off and now I am going to bed, pouting all the while.