Ada Coleman was the first and until now only female head bartender in the history of London’s Savoy Hotel, that is considered a temple of mixology of global renown.
Starting from 1903, Coley, as she was affectionately known, became the matriarch of all bar ladies.
In the early 1920s it was she who invented that magical mix that is Hanky Panky, a cocktail whose name alludes to intrigue, secret dupes but, especially, to romantic escapades.
The cocktail, which was prepared for the English actor and director Charles Hawtrey, a regular at the Savoy and a tireless experimenter of Coley’s magical alcoholic portions, mixes Antica Formula vermouth, gin and drops of Fernet-Branca. It is a true milestone of cocktail making.
4.5 cl Antica Formula
Drops of Fernet-Branca
4.5 cl Gin
Pour all the ingredients into the mixing glass and fill with ice, mix for a few seconds, pour into the glass and filter the ice.
Decoration: Orange peel
Glass: Coupette or cocktail glass
Technique: Mixing Glass