Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

This is a cocktail I had never heard of. I went out of state seeking Fernet Branca only to return to New Jersey empty-handed. My Antica Formula was not fresh, so I ended up purchasing a new bottle locally. An expensive cocktail. But I did enjoy it.

Not exactly how to describe this one. The gin (I used Plymouth), sweet vermouth, and fernet all work well together. The orange zest seems to meld with this quite nicely. I have seen that some add a bit of fresh orange juice to this. I can absolutely see that working well together.

Had a few of these throughout the day. I enjoyed them. I will gladly finish off my bottle of fernet going forward having these.

By Jove, now that’s the real hanky panky!

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables


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IBA recipe


  • 45 ml London Dry Gin

  • 45 ml Sweet Red Vermouth

  • 7.5 ml Fernet Branca


  • Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: orange zest

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