So, it’s the week of Valentines, or as I like to call it, Valenspoons. I have no idea why I started calling it Valenspoons, perhaps it was because I like the way it sounds, it’s a silly sounding word. Perhaps I changed the name during one of those years when I did not have a sweetheart and was frustrated that this holiday even existed! Perhaps it was to mock the notion that there should be a Hallmark Holiday which encourages people to hit one another up on Tinder and have a dinner date + some Hanky Panky.
Speaking of Hanky Panky…
Do you all love Fernet-Branca as much as I do? Do you get that “Bartender’s Handshake” after a long night out? Do you drink Fernet-Branca after meals to savour the incredibly complex flavours and help settle your tummy? Do you think the Toronto is the best Manhattan Variation? Cause I do!
The Hanky Panky is one of my fave classic Gin cocktails, right up there with a Martinez, French 75 and Martini. Bonus: this drink was invented by a lady! Wooooo! Laaaaady! Ada Coleman was the head bartender at the Savoy American Bar in the early 20th C and the story goes that she created this cocktail for Sir Charles Hawtrey. When he had his first sip, he drained the whole glass and said, “By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!”
- 1 1/2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin or London Dry Gin
- 1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
- Garnish: Orange peel
Combine ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into coupe, express Orange peel and garnish.
And since it’s Valenspoons, I’ve got a little variation for y’all! I decided to dry it out with Plymouth Gin, different specs, swap out the Orange peel for a Blood Orange peel and add some Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters. Totes a Valenspoons drink now y’all! Fire up the Tindering!
Dirty Puzzle (Hanky Panky variation)
- 2 oz Plymouth Gin
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Fernet-Branca
- 2 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate bitters
- Garnish: Blood Orange peel
Combine ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into coupe, express Blood Orange peel and garnish.
Luv u Fernet-Branca. Luv y’all. Happy Valentimes.
Thanks to The Baddish Group for giving the opportunity to make these delicious drinks!