JC Special
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JC Special
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I discovered this drink in a little pub which is no longer there in my hometown called The Bowling Green Pub, it was named after the landlord John Carty and ... more I discovered this drink in a little pub which is no longer there in my hometown called The Bowling Green Pub, it was named after the landlord John Carty and called a JC Special. Be warned it tastes like pop (soda) and can get you very drunk! Delicious for summer! ~ Paul
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Whiskey
Garnish
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Lime, umbrella
Alcohol content
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5.4% | 2.7 units *

Pint glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a JC Special

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add crushed ice to the glass, then add one measure each of Tia Maria and Southern Comfort
Add Babycham (or any sparkling Perry) and a shot of lime cordial, and stir
Top up with lemonade, garnish with a lime and umbella, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the JC Special compare to that of a standard beer?

The JC Special has an alcohol content of 5.4%, which is quite comparable to many standard beers that typically range from 4% to 6% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes the JC Special similar in strength to a regular beer, although the presence of spirits can affect its impact differently.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the JC Special stirred and not shaken?

The JC Special is stirred, not shaken, to ensure a smooth blend of its ingredients without adding too much air into the mix. Stirring gently combines the Babycham, coffee liqueur, lime cordial, and whiskey while preserving their distinct layers and flavors. This technique also prevents excessive dilution that might occur from shaking.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the whiskey in the JC Special with another type of alcohol if I don't like whiskey?

Yes, you can substitute the whiskey in the JC Special with a different type of alcohol to suit your taste preferences. Consider using a dark rum or brandy for a similarly rich flavor profile. However, keep in mind that altering the type of alcohol may significantly change the cocktail's character.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the JC Special?

The JC Special is best served cold in a pint glass, as specified. Make sure all ingredients are well chilled before mixing. After stirring the ingredients together in the glass, top up with lemonade to add a refreshing fizz and serve immediately for the best tasting experience.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with the JC Special?

The JC Special, with its unique combination of coffee liqueur, whiskey, and citrus flavors, pairs well with rich, creamy desserts or bold, spicy appetizers. Think of pairing it with chocolate mousse, cheesecake, or spicy chicken wings to complement its flavor profile.

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