Who doesn’t like a bit of Hanky Panky? This week we made a classic gin-based cocktail, and if you’re yet to try this particular one, then you’re in for a treat!
The history of The Hanky Panky is fascinating, having first been knocked up by the Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, head bartender at the Savoy back in the early 1900s. When renowned actor Charles Hawtrey requested something with a kick, she tinkered away, creating, but not naming, this very cocktail. When the opportunity next arose to serve it to her famous guest, it was he who exclaimed “that’s the real hanky panky!”, and he was dead right!
You’ll be needing these…
List of Ingredients
- 40ml St. George Dry Rye Gin
- 40ml Sacred Spiced English Vermouth
- 4ml Fernet Branca
- Orange peel (Garnish)
First things first, as you’ll be more than familiar with by now, sling a coupette glass in the freezer.
Now, a little (but important) aside – take a glass and put a little slug of Fernet Branca into it.
For the benefit of the drink as a whole you need to understand a bit about what Fernet is, so on the count of three drink the Fernet please. 1-2-3… Go on, swish it around! What do you get? “Evil-tasting stuff”, “Mmmm luscious mint”, and (worryingly) “San-Francisco dive bar” were some of your descriptions on twitter. Did you pull @InWithBacchus’s Fernet face?
Okay – so to build the drink, we’re going to take a stirring glass and half-fill with ice.
This is extraordinarily punchy, with a real white-dog character that works incredibly well with this drink. In it goes. Even from here you can smell the quality and richness of the spirit.
Next up, 40ml of the superb Sacred Spiced English Vermouth created by Ian Hart. Still my favourite.
Now it’s time for the Fernet. What do you think I’m going to say about the quantity given what we’ve learned? The original recipe calls for ‘2 dashes’. Translating this to about 4ml. Or ‘this much’.
This stuff is basically bitters so DON’T, whatever you do, be tempted to dial it up until you’ve tried the finished drink.
Give it a quick stir. 10 seconds or so as it’s been sat for a minute or two.
Time to fetch that pre-chilled coupette…
…and strain the cocktail into it.
Finally, peel off a strip of orange peel…
…express over the glass and drop it in.
There we have it. The Hanky Panky. Sweet, dry, and with a hint o’ mint.
For next week’s #MasterofCocktails, we’ll be pimping a classic whisky cocktail with some new (new-old) ingredients.
Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Cherry Brandy – 2013, Inchmurrin – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company), an Orange and Worship Street Whistling Shop Acid Phosphate.