Tuesday, November 3, 2020

jimmie walker

3/4 jigger Whisky (2 1/4 oz Four Roses Bourbon) (*)
1/4 jigger Italian Vermouth (3/4 oz Cocchi Sweet)
1 dash Grenadine (1/2 oz)
1 dash Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added a lemon twist.
(*) Boothby used a generic "whisky" for all Bourbon, rye, and Scotch.
Two Tuesdays ago, I began scanning William Boothby's 1934 World Drinks and How to Mix Them and spotted the Jimmie Walker. The name made me think of "Dyn-O-Mite!" Jimmie Walker from the Good Times comedy series; given that the recipe was recorded forty years before that television series, my second guess was that it was named after James John Walker, the mayor of New York City from 1926-1932. The feel of the drink reminded me of a Ward 8 which kept nicely with the political theme. Once prepared, the Jimmie Walker decreed a lemon, Bourbon, and berry aroma upon the nose. Next, lemon with red fruit notes on the sip carried into whiskey, grenadine, and vermouth's herbal flavors on the swallow.

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