A classic British cocktail, the Pimm’s is a perfect spring and summer cocktail!
You might have noticed that we are obsessed with gin. Had anyone told us this 4 years ago before we really became focused on cocktails we would have laughed at you. As we discussed in our post on the Cherry Ginger Smash, gin has gone through a renaissance and it no longer is the Pine-Sol bomb in your glass, but rather a nuanced spirit that can inspire the same sorts of discussion as many fine wines.
After having discovered all kinds of delicious varieties of gin, these days we find ourselves finding new gin based cocktails that we can share with our readers, both original creations and classics. Our next cocktail is is a classic gin based cocktail from England, The Pimm’s Cup.
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Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is one of those old traditional European style liqueurs that use a secret blend of herbs and spices to make a digestive aid, but now is used as a mixer or base for cocktails.Sold in England since 1851, Pimm’s has a rich mix of spice and citrus flavors, reminiscent of a really rich iced tea with a hint of gin.
Pimm’s starts out using gin as its base, then additional herbs and spices are added to create its unique flavor. Usually served British Style with carbonated lemonade, we went with the classic recipe recommended by Pimm’s, making it very much like a better version of an Arnold Palmer. This drink might be one of our go to drinks by the pool as it is a great sipping drink!
What is Pimm’s Liqueur Made Of?
Bitter herbs and citrus. It is gin based – a dry gin, liqueur, fruit juice and spices. It was created by English Oyster Bar owner James Pimm in 1859 and the recipe is a secret!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Pimm’s Cup Cocktails
Holiday Pimm’s Cup – The Little Epicurean
Autumn Pimm’s Cup – Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Pimm’s Cup – Foodie and Wine
Strawberry Pimm’s Slush – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Apple Pimm’s Cup – Sugar and Soul
Other British Cocktails
Born to Be British Cocktail – Liquor.com
English Martini – Difford’s Guide
Blackberry Bramble – Creative Culinary
Bramble – The Petite Cook
Chambord Bramble – Confused Julia
- 1.5 oz Pimm's No 1 Cup
- 4 oz lemonade
- top with ginger ale or lemon lime soda (about 2 ounces)
- Pimm's is usually served in a tall glass, such as a Collins glass.
- Fill halfway with ice.
- Garnish with lemon or lime slices or a slice of cucumber.
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