Martina Proietti[:en]Ada “Coley” Coleman was the first and the only female head-bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. He began his career at Claridge’s Hotel Bar to collaborate in supporting of her family after the loss of her father. It was 1899 and Ada Coleman, 24 years, was learning mixing drinks under the supervision of Mr. Fisher, Claridge’s sommelier. In 1903 Ada Coleman began the head-bartender of one the most important place for mixology in the world: the London Savoy Hotel American Bar, this choice made by the Savoy chairperson was trailblazing and innovative.The distinguished guests of the hotel, the Prince of Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and many others, soon began to call her with the loving diminutive “Coley” to witness his lively personality and his innate kindness and affability. The Daily Express wrote about her: «one of the most noted woman in the world, the greates barmaid of the world, the one of whom anyone who goes to the Savoy’s Bar falls in love».Coley was also a great theater lover. He often organized, at her home, accurate parties in which she got to know the most successful actors of the period. And it is precisely for one of these performers, the Victorian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, that Ada Coleman developed the recipe for the iconic Hanky Panky. In 1925, Coley revealed the birth of this cocktail to The People magazine editorial staff: «The lamentedCharles Hawtrey was one of the best judges of cocktails that I knew. Some years ago, when he was overworking, he used to come into the bar and say “Coley, I am tired. Give me something with a bit of punch in it”. It was for him that I spent hours experimenting until I had invented a new cocktail. 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!” And Hanky Panky it has been called ever since». The recipe for this drink is to shake Gin and Vermouth in equal parts with an addition of Fernet Branca and serve it in a cocktail glass with an orange peel. Fernet is a type of Italian amaro. It is produced from numerous herbs, spices and botanicals which vary according to the brand, but that usually include: myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe and especially saffron. Fernet is usually served as a digestive at the end of a meal and generally has an alcoholic strength percentage between 40% and 45% and a black licorice or dark brown color. Fernet is usually served as a digestif after a meal and it typically contains between 40% and 45% alcohol by volume and a black licorice or dark brown color. The Hanky Panky is still present in the cocktail list of the Bar of the Savoy Hotel and it is also, unfortunately, the only cocktail signed by Ada Coleman inserted by Harry Craddock in 1930 in the book “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. For the turbulent relationship between Coley and Harry Craddock, who became a full member of the staff in 1920, was the reason that led her to the painful decision to abandon the guide of the American Bar of the Savoy Hotel in December 1925. For a year, before moving to Surrey and opening a tearoom with his former assistant Miss Burgess, he worked as a clerk in the Hotel’s flower shop. Ada Coleman is still a point of reference and an example of professionalism and talent for women in the bartending world.