Hanky Panky Cocktail

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First created in the early 1900’s, the Hanky Panky is a great tasting little cocktail made with Gin, Vermouth and Fernet Branca.

Hanky Panky cocktail in two coupe glasses in a wooden board garnished with an orange twist
Hanky Panky cocktail in two coupe glasses in a wooden board garnished with an orange twist

Origins of the Hanky Panky Cocktail

The Hanky Panky, as mentioned, originates from as far back as 1903 when it was first created by Ada Coleman, a bartender at Savoy Hotel in London. She came up with the idea for the cocktail after experimenting with some ideas for a cocktail for actor Sir Charles Hawtrey.

How to Make a Hanky Panky

The cocktail is very easy to make and does not require anything other than a glass of your choice (I use a coupe as pictured, since it fits nicely) is:

  1. Gin
  2. Sweet Vermouth
  3. Fernet Branca


Pour each of the ingredients into the coupe and give it a stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange twist and serve. If you prefer your drinks cold, frost the glass in the freezer for a few minutes before mixing the drink to give it a chill.

If you enjoy small sipping drinks like this, you should try my Espresso Martini as well. It’s a simple but delicious pick me up cocktail that is great before heading out for the evening to a party (just make sure you take a cab or Uber!).

The Glassware

The glassware used here is from my vintage barware collection and is Queen Anne’s Lusterware. They come in quite a few styles including whiskey glasses, brandy glasses, wine glasses and even roly-polys! If you like them, you can often find them in thrift (or second hand) stores or antique malls.

Hope you enjoy this tasty little cocktail!

Drink safely,


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Hanky Panky Cocktail

First created in the early 1900's, the Hanky Panky is a great tasting little cocktail made with Gin, Vermouth and Fernet Branca.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
1 cocktail
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 1.5 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fernet Branca


  • Mix together and stir. Garnish with orange peel.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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