The Jimmie Special | Cocktail Recipe

This recipe comes from the Museum of the American Cocktail

For two people, combine in a cocktail shaker:

  • 1 jigger Pierre Ferrand Cognac
  • 1/2 jigger Pernod Anisette
  • 1/2 jigger Amer-Picon
  • 1/2 jigger Mandarin liqueur
  • 1/2 jigger sweet cherry brandy (kirsch)

Shake thoroughly.  Drink straight or mix with soda to taste.

Comment:  A jigger is 1 ½ ounces.  Note that Amer Picon, a French aperitif bitter, is virtually unavailable in the U.S., but you can use Torani Amer as a substitute.

According to Jimmie’s autobiography, This Must Be The Place, “two stiff drinks of it will have some surprising effects!  On women this drink had the effect of causing them to undress in public, and it often kept me busy wrapping overcoats around nude ladies!  But even knowing this did not prevent some of the feminine contingent from asking for the Jimmie Special.  I wish I had 100 francs for every nude or semi-nude lady I’ve wrapped up during the best Montparnasse days!  In the end, Mrs. Wilson, the wife of the owner of the Dingo, forbade me to make any more Jimmie Specials.”


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