Hanky Panky


The Hanky-Panky was the brainchild of Ada Coleman who began as a bartender at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. She is known for making cocktails for the likes of Mark Twain, the Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey. Coleman created the Hanky-Panky initially for Hawtrey. He was a Victorian and Edwardian actor who mentored Noël Coward. Coleman told the story behind the creation of the Hanky-Panky to England’s The People newspaper in 1925:

The late Charles Hawtrey … was one of the best judges of cocktails that I knew. Some years ago, when he was overworking, he used to come into the bar and say, “Coley, I am tired. Give me something with a bit of punch in it.” It was for him that I spent hours experimenting until I had invented a new cocktail. The next time he came in, I told him I had a new drink for him. He sipped it, and, draining the glass, he said, “By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!” And Hanky-Panky it has been called ever since.


  • 1 1/2 oz Dry Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz Italian Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes of Fernet-Branca
  • Garnish: Orange Peel


Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled. Stain into a cocktail glass and garnish by squeezing an orange peel on top.


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