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What is Pimm's?

Know Your Ingredients: Pimm's

A couple of weekends ago, for FabSugar's technicolor luau, I made a batch of Pineapple Pimm's Cup. Created by Duggan McDonnell of Cantina, this punch recipe consisted of pineapple vodka, Pimm's No. 1, ginger beer, ginger syrup, and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice.

The refreshing and unexpected cocktail was a major hit and everyone was inquiring about the ingredients. While I was able to tell them what was in the drink, I wasn't able to answer when they asked, "What's Pimm's?" My lame reply, "Oh it's a liquor popular in England." But really, I had no clue what it was!

Until now. Pimm's, an aperitif, is a brand of alcoholic beverages that was created in London in 1840, with the most popular being Pimm's No. 1 Cup. Each number of Pimm's has a different base spirit; No. 1 is a gin-based, No. 2 is scotch-based, and No. 3 is brandy-based (only No.1 still exists). Other elements (spices, citrus, etc.) are added to the base spirit to achieve a characteristic floral flavor and rich tea color. Pimm's is often mixed with soft drinks or as in the classic Pimm's Cup, with lemonade, cucumber, and fresh fruit. Do you enjoy Pimm's?

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sarahgibs sarahgibs 6 years
I adore Pimms! I have been able to semi create a Pimms Cup at home using Lorina Sparkling Lemonade from Whole Foods/mint from my garden.
mlen mlen 6 years
i had it in london and it was good, but brought home a bottle to make my own and wow that was horrible lol i screwed something up!
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
ah I LOVE Pimm's cups. so refreshing. I also made Pimm's Royals--Pimm's mixed with champagne and I think a bit of OJ. Can we talk about how classy the label is? I brought a bottle of Pimm's into the stationery store before I got married because that's what I wanted our stationery to look like. the guy who worked there was like "Uh, that's a first."
pink-pirate pink-pirate 6 years
I've lived here for 3 years and this is probably one of the things food/drink-wise that is great about England. Pimm's o'clock (their classic slogan from an ad campaign) evokes a lazy summer afternoon, lying in the park, drinking a deceptively strong cocktail with friends. lilren I never realized Winter Pimm's was No. 3. It's great served hot with apple juice.
komler komler 6 years
I made it for my housewarming party. It was dead easy, (if a bit cumbersome to cut up all the fruit,) and the guests loved it. I used Nigella Lawson's recipe.
crystalm07 crystalm07 6 years
I loved this when I was over in London! I have never saw it stateside where I'm from before though.
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
Beware if you make a Pimm's Cup: 1) American lemonade isn't the same thing as UK lemonade! Here it's more of a Sprite/tonic water mix, as opposed to what the Brits call "cloudy lemonade", which is the American version. 2) It is deadly. Good, but deadly. Much like sangria, you drink it, it's yummy, you drink some more, the next thing you know, you have your dress over your head, dancing and showing off your underwear. Or maybe that's just me? I loooove Pimms!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've never had it, but I've always been curious about trying it. I may have to buy a bottle just to see what it tastes like.
lilren lilren 6 years
Pimm's No. 3 still exists. Perhaps they just don't sell it here in the States, but I've purchased it in the U.K. in the last year or so. You should be able to order it online, too. I think it might just come out during the winter -- it usually goes in a drink called a Winter Pimm's Cup.
Food Food 6 years
The Bar Marmont makes an excellent Pimm's Cup with Pimm's No. 1, I believe.
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