In 1823 Pimm’s Cup was invented by Shell-Fish Monger James Pimm, at his central London “Oyster Bar”. His goal was to create a drink that complimented oysters better than Gin. His original formula was a gin base compounded with fruit juices and spices. Over the years there have been multiple formulae added each following the Pimm’s name with a numerical value (#1,#2,#3 etc). Pimm’s # 1 is the bottling you will commonly find in the USA.
It is unique unto itself, somewhat like a bitter aperitif but mellower, somewhat like a pre-mixed cocktail, but improved by simple embellishment. Traditionally Pimm’s makes a drink called the Pimm’s Cup. It is a mix of Pimm’s in a tall Collins glass with club soda and garnished with a long spear of cucumber.
The drink is relatively low alcohol so it is a great brunch/lunch drink when the day demands more of you. Chasing the web there are numerous variations of the classic “Pimm’s Cup” recipe, but I offer you the simplicity of the original recipe that I have learned. From there, have fun and dress the cocktail as you please.
Pimm’s Cup Cocktail
In a Tall Collins Glass Filled with Ice
- 1 ½ Ounces Pimm’s #2
- Top with Club Soda
- Garnish with a Long Cucumber Spear and Lemon Twist
To taste, one of the variations is to substitute Ginger Ale or 7-Up for the Club Soda.