Good afternoon and happy thirsty Thursday everyone! Today’s featured drink has been dubbed by Liquor.com as, “The quintessential British Summertime drink….” So although we have a while until Summer, it doesn’t mean we can’t get into the mood with this refreshing British Beverage.
Pimm’s cup, is made with liquor produced by the Pimm’s company. Let’s look back at the history to fully understand where this great drink comes from. First produced in 1823 by James Pimm, the most popular product then and still today is the Pimm’s No. 1. Throughout it’s history there have been Pimm’s Nos. 1-6. But, we’ll get into that in a minute. The Pimm family owned an Oyster bar in, that would later become franchised, in London. Here a drink of tonic, gin and various herbs and other liqueurs was served to aid digestion, much like a digestiv or after dinner drink of today. The drink was served in a cup similar to a German stein known as a No. 1 cup, hence the name.
Pimm’s No. 1 Cup began distribution commercially in 1859. Over the years Pimm’s Nos. 2-6 were introduced using various other liquors. The company was sold to dominate beer distributor Guinness in the 80s and finally to it’s current owner Diageo in 1997. Diageo is the number one British liquor, wine and beer distributor. They own other huge brand names such as: Crown Royal, Tanqueray, Seagrams and much much more.
Throughout its almost 200 year history Pimm’s has gone through a variety of changes. The most through their different No. Cups. The most recent addition to the Pimm’s brand has been a transformation of their Pimms No. 3 Cup. Although Pimm’s No. 3 is out of production, there has been a new spin on it called Pimm’s Winter Cup. It is available seasonally and contains Brandy with a variety of spies and orange peels. Here is a list of the other Cups that have been part of the legacy of Pimms.
No. 1: Made with Gin, available as a mixable liquor as well as pre-mixed with lemonade
No. 2: Scotch Whiskey based (not currently in production)
No. 3: Brandy based (available now as Pimm’s Winter Cup, seasonally available)
No. 4: rum based (not currently in production)
No. 5: Rye Whiskey (not currently in production)
No. 6: Vodka based (currently being produced, but in limited quantities)
Interested in trying the famous Pimm’s No. 1 Cup cocktail? This is what you need: Pimm’s No. 1 (this is the gin based one), sprite or ginger ale, cucumber slices, muddled strawberries, lemon slices and mint. Mix all together for a deliciously refreshing summer drink!