Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Pimm's Cup
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
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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