name = Hanky Panky
type = cocktail
ingredients = *3 oz
*1 oz limoncello
*Shake. Strain into chilled glass
*Top with champagne
*Garnish with lemon twist
The Hanky-Panky cocktail was the brainchild of Ada Coleman. Her benefactor was
Rupert D'Oyly Carte, a member of the family that first produced Gilbert and Sullivanoperas in London and that built the Savoy Hotel. When Rupert became chairman of the Savoy in 1903, Ada was given a position at the hotel's American Bar, where she eventually became the head bartender and made cocktails for the likes of Mark Twain, the Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey.
Charles Hawtrey was the man for whom "Coley", as Ada Coleman was affectionately called, created the Hanky-Panky
cocktail. He was a Victorian and Edwardian actor who mentored Noel Coward. Coley herself told the story behind the creation of the Hanky-Panky to England's The People newspaper in 1925:
"The late Charles Hawtrey... was one of the best judges of cocktails that I knew. Some years ago, when he was overworking, he used to come into the bar and say, 'Coley, I am tired. Give me something with a bit of punch in it.' It was for him that I spent hours experimenting until I had invented a new cocktail. The next time he came in, I told him I had a new drink for him. He sipped it, and, draining the glass, he said, 'By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!' And Hanky-Panky it has been called ever since."
The Hanky-Panky is a variation on the sweet martini, inasmuch as it calls for gin and sweet vermouth, but Coley's
secret ingredientwas Fernet Branca, a bitter Italian digestivo. By adding a couple of dashes of this herbal elixir, she transformed it into a whole new drink.
* [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/371992/ Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan]
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