The Hanky Panky has been around since Ada Coleman created it for Charles Hawtry circa WWI at the Savoy Hotel in London. A classic British cocktail, it is unusual in that it calls for Fernet Branca. The good folks at Branca challenged me to create an updated version of the drink in time for Valentine’s Day. After all, everyone should get a little Hanky Panky on February 14th.
A Little Hanky Panky (recipe by Blair Frodelius)
1.75 oz Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
1.75 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
0.25 oz Cointreau
0.125 Fernet Branca
Dash of The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water
Directions: Chill cocktail glass, then rinse inside with Fernet Branca. Discard extra. Meanwhile, add other ingredients to mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into rinsed cocktail glass and enjoy, by Jove!