Friday, June 2, 2017

Squid Mixes: Pimm's Cup

Pimm's cup is a very English drink.  It is one of two traditional drinks at Wimbledon and many other high profile British events, the other being champagne.  Its base is Pimm's No. 1, a liqueur invented by one James Pimm in 1823 London.  The cocktail could hardly be simpler: 1.5 oz of the liqueur over ice, top off with lemon-lime soda or, the preference at our house, ginger ale.  Garnish with lemon.  There are more complicated recipes in bar books, usually including additional garnishing with cucumber and mint, but the basic formula on the back of the bottle suits us just fine.  The liqueur itself brings a spicy, fruity flavor to the party - evokes cinnamon for me.

American Bar by Charles Schumann includes three Pimm's recipes.  They list our drink, with ginger ale, as Pimm's Rangoon.  Pimm's No. 1 is mixed with lemon-lime soda, Pimm's Royal with champagne.  My wife just bought a new bottle of the liqueur so we may well have the chance to try all three.


  1. I love Pimms No. 6 Vodka Cup which was discontinued but due to public demand had been brought back - although it is quite expensive!

    1. I didn't know about the other Pimm's varieties until I researched for this post. Now I am curious. Several have been discontinued, unfortunately.

  2. Replies
    1. It's not bad, actually, just more trouble than necessary.

  3. Replies
    1. I was admittedly lazy about the garnishes this time - would have made for a nicer photo.

  4. Pretty cool. Have to see if the hubs wants to try it out.

  5. Just based on the description, it sounds like a kind of husky iced-tea.