June 11, 2015 – The Republic Steakhouse
1 1/4 to 1 3/4 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
Pour Pimm’s over ice cubes in a large highball glass. Fill with ginger ale and add peels.
Fever Tree ginger beer. What a lovely, refreshing drink! Light, zingy, and just a touch bitter. Pimm’s brings its light fruitiness, which really sets off the ginger’s spicy bite.
Pimm’s is a brand of fruit cups, or summer cups, which are an English drink base meant to be mixed with a soft drink such as lemonade or ginger ale. The most popular Pimm’s offering is Pimm’s No. 1., the original gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs introduced in England in 1823 by James Pimm.
Over the years, Pimm’s extended their range, using other spirits as bases for new “cups”. In 1851, Pimm’s No. 2 Cup (Scotch) and Pimm’s No. 3 Cup (brandy) were introduced. After World War II, Pimm’s No. 4 Cup (rum) was invented, followed by Pimm’s No. 5 Cup (rye) and Pimm’s No. 6 Cup (vodka) in the 1960s.
The brand fell on hard times in the 1970s and 1980s; Pimm’s Cup products Nos. 2 to 5 were phased out due to reduced demand. In 2005, Pimm’s introduced Pimm’s Winter Cup, which consists of Pimm’s No. 3 Cup (the brandy-based variant) infused with spices and orange peel.