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A fun cocktail for Valentines’

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 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.

The Spanky Panky is my take on the original Hanky Panky 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.

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


50ml London dry gin

25ml Chambord

25ml Cointreau

a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters



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

Top with prosecco.

Add a fresh raspberry or two if you want to be fancy.Spanky Panky Cocktail


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.

Heyho, try it and see what you think. I rather like it.


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