Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Pimm's Cup

The Pimm's Cup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Are you familiar with the Pimm's Cup? If not, let me introduce you. 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 has become popular over the past few years in the United States and I tried it for the first time a couple years ago. A traditional Pimm's Cup is roughly 1 measure of Pimm's to 2-3 measures of lemonade, lemon soda or ginger ale. This is served over ice with optional cucumber.

The Pimm's cup is a versatile drink. The garnish is where you can really add a variety of other light flavors. My favorite combination is 1/3 pimms, 2/3 ginger ale, with cucumber, orange, and mint. I've used strawberries as well, but they don't provide a flavor as much as a different look. Play with the flavors here and find your favorite Pimm's combination.

Side Note: The Pimm's Royal Cup is made by mixing Pimm's with champagne or sparkling white wine. I haven't tried it myself, but if you do, let me know how you like it.

Did you know that when you slap a leaf before using it as garnish it releases more oil and fragrance? I love the difference it makes; you get the fragrance before tasting it.

The Pimm's Cup
(printable recipe)

1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
3 ounces ginger ale, lemon soda or lemonade
long thin slice of cucumber
1-2 thin orange slices
1-2 mint leaves

Fill a  shaker with ice and then pour in the Pimm's and the ginger ale. Shake until chilled and then strain over a full glass of ice. Garnish with cucumber and orange slices. (Sometimes I muddle the cucumber and orange in the bottom of the glass before adding the ice.) Slap the mint leaf between your hands and then add it to your drink. Enjoy!

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  1. I didn't know that trick about slapping the leaf. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing. What a lovely cup of deliciousness. I hope you have a good end to your week and an even more blessed weekend.

  2. It's five o'clock somewhere! Let's have a lunchtime drink together :) Thanks for the great info. I've never tried this but will look next time I get to the store :)

  3. A friend mentioned this to me about a year ago, I bought a bottle, and drank it mixed mainly with ginger ale. It was quite good. He is English, and prefers it mixed with Champagne, which is about the only thing he likes that is French.

  4. What an interesting drink, Mary! Its picture can make anyone thirsty...Wishing you a sunny, fun weekend!!

  5. I came over looking for your chipotle chicken recipe but we love Pimms. I was so excited to see this recipe. It is so rare to see that anyone knows about Pimms in the US anyway. Love it!

  6. BadKittenOnARampageApril 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I live in New Orleans and this is one of our traditional cocktails . . . Napoleon House in the French Quarter makes the best ones!