HISTORY OF THE HANKY PANKY
The Hanky Panky cocktail recipe is a minor departure from the sweet martini, seeing that it calls for gin and sweet vermouth. However, the Hanky Panky cocktail includes Fernet Branca, an Italian amaro made from bitter herbs and spices. By including several dashes of this natural remedy, the sweet martini transformed into a completely different drink.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Hanky Panky was invented by Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, the head bartender of the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar. Coleman served at The Savoy from 1903 until her retirement in 1926. Coleman created the Hanky-Panky for Sir Charles Hawtrey, an Victorian and Edwardian actor who would visit Coley after work to drink new cocktails she created.