hanky panky

a friday cocktail for you: stir with ice, ¾ shot gin, 1¾ shot red vermouth, ⅛ shot fernet branca and ¼ shot freshly squeezed orange juice. strain and serve in a chilled glass with an orange or lemon twist

this is basically a sweet martini influenced by the addition of bittersweet and aromatic fernet branca. although not classically used in the original recipe, the hanky panky is greatly improved by the addition of a dash of freshly squeezed orange juice. this slightly clouds the appearance of the drink but the hint of fruit freshens and balances the heavy fernet branca.