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Spanky Panky cocktail

Spanky Panky

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A fun cocktail for Valentines’


The Spanky Panky is my take on the original Hanky Panky cocktail for Valentine’s Night.

Created in the early twentieth century by Ada “Coley” Coleman at the American Bar in The Savoy, London, it was featured in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. Anyways, the original is a mighty fine cocktail but I thought I would tweak it a bit for some Valentine’s fun.

Cocktails are fun and one of the few things you can do at home quite easily with minimal fuss and great results every time ~ especially after the third or fourth cocktail of an evening, you and your friends will think you are marvellous at it!

jiggerAll you need to make cocktails are a shaker; an accurate jigger for measuring, preferably a double one with 60ml and 30ml or 50ml and 25ml measures; a twisted bar spoon, a muddler and a strainer ~ a tea strainer will do. You can look online for barware. Urban Bar is a good place to start.

Most ingredients can be found in any supermarket. Give it a few months and you will have built up quite a home bar.

If Jack Valentine is delivering to your door you might want to ask him for the following ingredients:


Champagne flute


50ml / 1.75oz London dry gin

25ml / .75oz black raspberry liqueur (you know the one!)

25ml / .75oz triple sec (I used Cointreau)

a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters

Prosecco to top up


Shake all the ingredients, bar the prosecco, over ice and strain into a champagne flute.

Top with prosecco.



Fresh raspberries


Tip: You may want to dial it down a bit by exchanging the prosecco for soda water if you are swooning over the amount of alcohol. After trying it, I did consider calling it Headlifter. But that’s not very romantic. Come to think of it, neither is Spanky Panky.


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