Capture Summer In A Glass
August 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm By Chef Eric
This is hands down my favourite summer drink, especially when sitting outside, on a warm summer’s afternoon. The next time you’re at the liquor store, grab a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 then give this a try. Or the next time you’re at a swanky patio bar, all dressed up, order up a Pimm’s Cup.
Pimm’s No. 1 is a bit of a peculiar concoction. Invented back in 1823 by a farmer-turned-bar-owner named James Pimm. He actually made 5 variations, but really only the first stuck.
Originally intended as a digestive, Pimm’s No. 1 has notes of herbs, spice, and citrus. It is a little bitter, and a little sweet. On its own it tends to remind me of a fortified wine.
The classic drink that bears its name is the Pimm’s Cup, and is possibly the easiest cocktail you could make. Simply fill a glass with ice, pour some Pimm’s No.1, then top with ginger beer. Alternatively you could just as easily use ginger ale, Sprite, 7 UP, or a sparkling lemonade.
But in my opinion the drink takes on an entirely superior character with the addition of cucumber, orange, lemon, and mint. There has been a trend of late where the drink gets turned unnecessarily into a fruit salad. For most people reading this, you will most likely have fresh cucumbers and mint growing in your garden, and this is where they belong.