Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky Cocktail
Patrick Spears / Supercall

Fernet has a reputation for harshness. But while sipping it neat might indeed be too bitter for a first-timer, we suggest mixing it up in a Hanky Panky cocktail. Created in 1925 by head bartender Ada Coleman of the American Bar in London’s Savoy Hotel, it allows the gin’s and the vermouth’s sweetness to subdue Fernet’s overbearing flavor, resulting in a balanced libation that just might help you learn to love the spirit.



  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fernet Branca
  • Orange Twist, for garnish


Step one

Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold.

Step two

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Express an orange peel over the drink and drop it in.

Contributed by Supercall