The Summer Classic: Pimm’s Cup No. 1

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Pimm's Cup No. 1What is Pimms?

Pimm’s No. 1 is a spicy-sweet gin-based British liqueur. Why #1? Because there used to be numbers 2 – 6 as well, based on whiskey, rum, brandy and vodka.

Citrusy and bitter at the same time, Pimm’s No. 1 is a classic liquor choice in the UK and has become popular over the past few years in the United States.

Pimm’s is often sipped in the form of a cocktail called the Pimm’s Cup. If you haven’t tried one before you’re in for a treat.

Pimm’s Cup Recipe

A traditional Pimm’s Cup is roughly 1 measure of Pimm’s to 2-3 measures of lemonade, 7-Up or ginger ale mixed together and served over ice. Wedges of fruit like orange, lemon and cucumber are added to the cup for a fruity refreshing summer cocktail.

The Pimm’s cup is a simple but versatile drink. The garnish is where you can really add a variety of other light flavors.

I’ve experimented with quite a few variations on the traditional Pimm’s Cup recipe since first trying it.  My favorite combination so far is 1/3 Pimms, 2/3 7-Up
with cucumber, orange, and mint. 

Strawberries are also a beautiful addition to a Pimm’s Cup but they don’t provide a flavor as much as a different look. Pick up a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 and feel free to play with the flavors here to find your favorite Pimm’s Cup combination.

Making a Pimm’s Cup is as easy as can be. Simply shake the Pimm’s No. 1 with ginger ale (or lemonade or lemon soda) and strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. Add a long thin slice of cucumber, a couple of thin orange slices and mint leaves before serving and sipping. If you like, you can muddle the cucumber and orange in the bottom of the glass before you add the ice.

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