Hanky Panky Cocktail

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The Hanky Panky cocktail is a classic drink that dates back to the early 20th century. It is a delightful and sophisticated blend of gin, sweet vermouth, and Fernet-Branca, creating a flavor profile that is both herbal and slightly bitter. This cocktail was created by Ada Coleman, the head bartender at the American Bar in London’s Savoy Hotel, and it has since become a beloved choice for cocktail enthusiasts around the world.

The story behind the creation of the Hanky Panky cocktail adds to its allure. Ada Coleman was a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, and she was known for her exceptional bartending skills and creativity. One evening, a frequent customer, actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, requested a new drink that would “wake him up and make him feel alive.” Ada took this challenge and created the Hanky Panky cocktail as a result. Legend has it that after tasting the drink, Sir Charles exclaimed, “By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!” and the cocktail earned its memorable name.

The Hanky Panky cocktail is a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of bartenders throughout history. Its balanced and intriguing flavor profile continues to captivate cocktail enthusiasts today. Whether enjoyed at a stylish bar or mixed at home, the Hanky Panky cocktail is a timeless classic that deserves a place in every cocktail connoisseur’s repertoire.

Hanky Panky Recipe

  1. 45 ml gin

  2. 45 ml sweet vermouth

  3. 2 dashes Fernet-Branca

  4. Ice

  5. Garnish: orange twist

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How to Make a Hanky Panky Cocktail

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add gin, sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes Fernet-Branca.

  2. Stir well, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.