Friday, March 6, 2015

How to Make the Hanky Panky Cocktail

In 1925 Ada Coleman of the Savoy Hotel blessed the world with the Hanky Panky. This time on The Bottle Opener, we walk in the footsteps of the Toronto and the Fanciulli yet again, for another timeless Fernet classic. The cocktail was made for and dedicated to Sir Charles Hawtrey, who also named the cocktail, commenting that it was "the real hanky panky."

Unlike our previous Fernet cocktail, this one calls for gin, rather than whiskey. I went for the Yukonshine Auragin - top rated Canadian craft gin, featuring powerful grapefruit notes. Many bartenders suggest to use a higher quality vermouth such as Punt e Mes, though, I feel that Martini is a good and flavorful product, with cheap price point.

The Hanky Panky
  • 1 1/2 oz Dry Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 TSP Fernet Branca 
  • Garnish with orange peel twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, stir, and strain into a chilled glass. Top it off with your orange peel and always remember, enjoy!

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