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DharMag January 2020 Hanky Panky cocktail: recipe, ingredients and story of a great drink made with gin, vermouth and fernet Branca

Hanky Panky cocktail, ingredients and history, aperitif with gin and Fernet The Hanky ​​Panky cocktail is a great drink, one of the most exciting creations of the 1900s, thanks to a dry, bittering, herbaceous, yet extremely elegant flavor.

The ingredients of the Hanky ​​Panky cocktail are classic: gin and sweet vermouth, but there is a peculiarity it is one of the few cocktails made with fernet. It’s a Sweet Martini with identical doses of gin and vermouth, but the addition of Fernet Branca is a stroke of genius. With its herbaceous taste, it cuts vermouth and adds splendid menthol flavors, making the cocktail less sweet and sharper.

History of the Hanky ​​Panky cocktail

Another particularity that we mention with great joy is that this drink was invented by a woman. The legendary Ada Coleman, historic bartender of the Savoy American Bar in London, invented the Hanky ​​Panky cocktail in the early 1900s and had it tested by Sir Charles Hawtrey, whose palate she had great esteem. And the famous actor exclaimed: “By Jupiter, this is a real Hanky ​​Panky!” And from what moment it became his name.

The Hanky ​​Panky recipe we provide is the one Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, a true encyclopedist of mixology and a tireless chronicler, thanks to who we have many written recipes of these immortal classics.

Ingredients and doses for making the Hanky ​​Panky cocktail

How to make the Hanky ​​Panky cocktail

Put the gin, fernet and sweet vermouth in the shaker with ice, shake quickly and pour into a cold cup. Squeeze over the orange peel to flavor the cocktail with the essential oils of the orange.

A higher dose of fernet can be added up to 1.5 cl. Some have proposed a variant of Hanky ​​Panky with lemon juice. Lemon juice and fernet are a delicious mix, but the result is fairly tannic and not everyone likes it.

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