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How to Make the Hanky Panky

The Hanky Panky was Ada Coleman’s most famous cocktail. It was created for the actor-manager Sir Charles Hawtrey in the 1910s, who staggered into the American Bar one evening and begged “Coley” for some sort of pick-me-up. She made him a drink, he downed it pretty quickly and staggered out again, presumably much refreshed. The following evening he returned to the American Bar and asked Coley to knock out “some more of that hanky panky”. So she did. It’s remained a popular cocktail ever since!

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

The Hanky Panky was the Savoy Hotel bartender Ada Coleman’s most famous cocktail. It’s remained a winner ever since!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Fernet-Branca
  • Orange Twist


  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice
  • Stir until chilled
  • Strain into a cocktail glass
  • Add an orange twist


Serving: 1gCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gSodium: 6mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15g
Keyword hanky panky, hanky panky cocktail
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