Ada Coleman (1875-1966) was head bartender at the Savoy Hotel in London for twenty-three years, one of the two women to have ever held that position. While working at the Savoy, she invented the “Hanky Panky,” a cocktail.
Hanky Panky “The Classic”
Straight up/Boozy/Low bitterness/Nightcap
Gin, Italian Vermouth, Fernet Branca
Hanky Panky No 5
Straight up/Boozy/Medium bitterness/Nightcap
Irish Gin, French Vermouth, Fernet Branca, Nuts Bitter.
In February 1926, five London newspapers published the story of Ada Coleman (known as Coley) retirement from bartending. The London Daily Express called her “The Queen of Cocktail Mixers”. Coleman estimated she served one hundred thousand customers and poured one million drinks.
Embargoed Hanky Panky
Over crushed ice/Citrusy/Medium sweet/Refreshing/Medium booze
Cuban Rum, Italian Vermouth Bianco, Fresh Lime, Fresh Mint, Soda Water.
Unbeetable Hanky Panky
On the rocks/Fruity/Low sweet/Earthy/Medium booze
Beetroot Infused Vodka, Black Raspberry Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Sugar, Fernet Branca, Green Chartreuse.
Porn Hanky Panky
Vodka, Vanilla Extra Dry Italian Vermouth Infusion, Passion Fruit Puree, Smoked Toffee Popcorn, Prosecco.
Fernet and Coke
On the rocks/Liquorice/Herbal/Refreshing/Medium booze
Fernet Branca, Coke, Fresh Lemon Wedge.
Sir Charles Henry Hawtrey (21 September 1858 – 30 July 1923) was an English actor, director, producer, manager and a usual customer at the Savoy.
“It was for him that I spent hours experimenting until I had invented a new cocktail,” Coleman said. “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! This is the real hanky-panky!’
On the rocks/Medium booze/Creamy
American Whiskey, German Red Vermouth, Grapefruit Bitters, Chocolate Bitters, Fresh Cream.
A message from Mars
Straight up/Fruity/boozy/Medium sweet/Low Spicy
Hibiscus & Pink Peppercorn Vodka Infusion, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Sugar, Egg White, Cucumber Foam.
Mexican ñaca ñaca Breakfast
On the rocks/Tangy/ boozy/Medium Spicy/Medium sweet/Citrusy
Mezcal Silver, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice, Soda Water, Chilli Orange Marmalade, Crispy Toast.
A Toast at 91
Straight up/Fruity/Citrusy/Medium sweet
Gin, Strawberry Puree, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, Egg White, Cotton Candy, Popping
Casanova Hanky Panky
On the rocks/Savory/Boozy/Smoky/Coffee
Prosciutto cotto affumicato Irish Whiskey Infusion, Italian Vermouth, Coffee Bitters, Salame al Fernet Branca.
Hanky Panky a la Chocolat
On The rocks /Sweet/ Boozy/Nutty
Cognac, Italian Vermouth, Chocolate Liqueur, Fernet Branca, Nutella, Salted Nuts.
The Infamous Hanky Panky
Cuban Rum, Strawberry Puree, Lime Juice, Chocolate Rice Cake, Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting.
Zombie Hanky Panky*
Over Ice/High booze/Fruity/Citrusy/Zzz
Gin, Vodka, Mezcal Silver, Italian Vermouth, Fernet Branca Menta, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, Absinthe.
*One per customer
Classics are welcome
We at No 5 love classic cocktails, out staff will be happy to attend your request.
Definition of Hanky Panky by the Oxford Dictionary:
Behaviour, in particular sexual or legally dubious behaviour, considered improper but not seriously so.