Hanky Panky
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Hanky Panky
Cocktail recipe

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This classic cocktail recipe is credited to Ada Coleman, head bartender at the American Bar in The Savoy in 1925. This classic cocktail recipe is credited to Ada Coleman, head bartender at the American Bar in The Savoy in 1925.
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Gin
Garnish
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Orange
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28% | 2.52 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Hanky Panky indeed stirs up some magical charm with its equal parts gin and red vermouth, enriched by a hint of herbaceous Amaro. The synergy between the botanical gin and the sweet, aromatic vermouth creates a complex yet smooth experience, making this cocktail a timeless treasure.

Method
How to make a Hanky Panky

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir ingredients well in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled glass
Twist a small swath of orange peel over the surface of the drink to express the oils then drop the peel in to garnish

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Twist  ·  Express  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

Who created the Hanky Panky cocktail and what is its history?

The Hanky Panky cocktail was created by Ada Coleman, the head bartender at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar in London in the early 20th century. It was invented for the famous actor Sir Charles Hawtrey. After trying the drink, Hawtrey exclaimed, 'By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!' and the cocktail was thus named.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of Amaro is traditionally used in a Hanky Panky cocktail?

The traditional Amaro used in a Hanky Panky cocktail is Fernet-Branca. This Italian Amaro adds a distinctive, bitter edge to the cocktail, balancing the sweetness of the red vermouth.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Hanky Panky cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Hanky Panky cocktail is stirred and not shaken to maintain the clarity and smooth texture of the drink. Stirring gently combines the ingredients without introducing too much air, resulting in a more refined and visually appealing cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Hanky Panky cocktail?

The best way to serve a Hanky Panky cocktail is in a chilled cocktail glass. Optionally, you can garnish it with a twist of orange peel to enhance the aromatic experience. This method of serving highlights the drink's elegance and complex flavors.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can the Hanky Panky cocktail be customized for a modern twist?

To give a modern twist to the Hanky Panky cocktail, consider experimenting with different types of gin, such as a contemporary botanical gin, or using a different Amaro to adjust the bitterness. Additionally, a splash of an orange liqueur or a different citrus peel as garnish can add a new dimension to the drink.

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