The ampersand, also known as the "and" sign, is the logogram &, representing the conjunction "and". It originated as a ligature of the letters et—Latin for "and". Fascinating, right? It gets better. It's also a delicious cocktail. If my teachers had incorporated cocktails into my curriculum? I'd be an astrophysicist right now. Let's get mixing.
1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Brandy (you're a fine girl)
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
A dash of Orange Bitters
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Stir. Do not shake. Stir.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an orange peel and/or Maraschino cherries.