The History Of Hanky Panky

Today in #CocktailCulture the history of The Hanky-Panky cocktail, the brainchild of Ada Coleman (known as “Coley”) who began bartender at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. Her benefactor was Rupert D’Oyly Carte, a member of the family that first produced Gilbert and Sullivan operas in London and that built the Savoy Hotel. When Rupert became chairman of the Savoy, Ada was given a position at the hotel’s American Bar, where she eventually became the head bartender and made cocktails for the likes of Mark Twain, the Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey.

Hawtrey was the man for whom Coleman created the Hanky-Panky cocktail. He was a Victorian and Edwardian actor who mentored Noel 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.”

Recipe for the Hanky-Panky

Today in #CocktailCulture I bring you the recipe for the Hanky-Panky.
In a cocktail shaker over ice pour:
1 1/2oz. Vermouth
1 1/2oz Dry Gin
2 dashes Fernet Branca
Stir
Strain into a coupe cocktail glass.
Garnish by squeezing an orange peel over the top.

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