Last Updated on November 27, 2023 by David Michael
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A classic cocktail in the vermouth and spirits family. The Hanky Panky stands apart from others in this family with its use of Fernet Branca. With the rise in popularity of Fernet Branca comes this rising star from the golden age of cocktails.
Created in the 1900s by Ada Coleman while she was head bartender at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar. She devised this for Sir Charles Hawtrey, an actor who christened the drink by exclaiming, “That is the real Hanky Panky” when he tried it the first time.
Hanky Panky Recipe
2 ounces gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
¼ ounce Fernet Branca
Garnish: orange twist
In a mixing glass half filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and Fernet.
Strain into a Nick and Nora or a coup glass.
Garnish with orange twist.
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