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Hanky Panky, The Cocktail Recipe

Hanky Panky: The Cocktail Recipe

Here's a cocktail with a strong character and unmistakable aromatic notes. Discover the step-by-step recipe for the famous Hanky Panky.

19 February, 2021
Average: 3.9 (7 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 5 MIN


1 1/2 OZ (45 ml) (London Dry Gin)
Red vermouth
1 1/2 OZ (45 ml)
Fernet Branca
1/4 OZ (7,5 ml)
Orange zest



Cocktail coupe (Martini glass).


Mixing glass.

Step 01

chilling the glass

Chill the cocktail glass in the freezer for about ten minutes.

Step 02

Chill the mixing glass

Chill the mixing glass by filling it 3/4 full with ice cubes and mixing with a bar spoon to speed up the cooling process.

Step 03

Pour in the gin

Measure and pour the gin into the mixing glass.

Step 04

Pour in the red vermouth

Measure and pour the red vermouth and Fernet-Branca into the mixing glass.

Step 05


Gently emulsify the ingredients with a barspoon.

Step 06

Strain the cocktail

Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the cold cocktail coupe with the help of the strainer.

Step 07

Garnish the cocktail

Remove a tongue of peel from an orange with a vegetable peeler.

Twist the orange peel zest over the glass to spread all the essential oils inside the glass.

Garnish with the orange zest and serve.


Cocktail Curiosity

This cocktail was invented by Ada Coleman, one of the the first notable bar ladies in history and one of the most famous of the 20th century. Coleman worked from 1903 to 1926 at the historic Hotel Savoy in London, the first luxury hotel to open in England, and she won the first head bartender title in the history of the hotel.

As reported in 1925 by The People magazine, Coleman invented this drink for Charles Hawtrey, a famous actor at the time and a frequenter of the hotel, who asked her for an energising drink following an evening's work.


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