Hanky Panky cocktail

Hanky Panky cocktail
The Hanky Panky is an older cocktail that blends equal parts of dry gin and sweet vermouth. The cocktail is also unusual for its usage of Fernet Branca.
Fernet Branca is a brand of Italian Bitters and originates in Milan, Italy, if you enjoy its spicy-herbal taste, it is also used in the Napoleon cocktail recipe.
The drink was a signature cocktail of Ada Coleman and was created especially for a celebrated actor of that time Sir Charles Hawtrey who thought that the drink was a real "hanky-panky".
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Cocktail glass


  • 45 ml dry gin
  • 45 ml sweet vermouth
  • 7.5 dashes Fernet Branca
  • orange peel (to garnish)


  • Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well for 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with an orange peel.


Who invented hanky panky?

The Hanky Panky cocktail was created by Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, Head Bartender at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar.

What does Fernet Branca taste like?

Fernet is a combination of bitter, sweet, herby and spicy flavours. It is muddy brown in colour, with a hint of green. Fernet Branca has a strong spiced scent.

If you like this spicy, bitter drink you might also enjoy the Napoleon cocktail too.

What are the best gin cocktails?

If you like a gin cocktail like this Hanky Panky cocktail we also have a roundup of the 10 best gin cocktails – it’s not official, but we think you’ll find the list quite inspiring!

The gin is called dry only when there are no artificial flavours or added sweeteners.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.