When the temperature rises and the sun shines brightly, it’s time to break out the refreshing summer cocktails. One such timeless classic is the Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail, a delightful mixture of Pimm’s, lemonade, and fruit. Invented in 1823, this iconic drink is synonymous with the Wimbledon tennis championships and often makes an appearance at wedding receptions. In this article, we will guide you through creating the perfect Pimm’s cocktail and explore its variations.
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The History of Pimm’s No. 1
Pimm’s No. 1 has a gin-based spirit, while other versions of Pimm’s have been available in the past. Today, the most common alternative is “Winter Pimm’s,” a variation on Pimm’s No. 3 based on brandy.
Classic Pimm’s Recipe
To make a classic Pimm’s cocktail, you will need a 1-liter jug or large glass and the following ingredients:
- Ice cubes (enough to half-fill the jug)
- 150ml Pimm’s No. 1
- 450ml lemonade (Sprite or 7UP work just as well)
- A small handful of chopped fresh strawberries
- A few mint leaves
- A dessert spoon of chopped cucumber
- Place the ice cubes in the jug and add the strawberries, cucumber, and mint on top.
- Pour the Pimm’s over the fruit and ice.
- Top up with lemonade and stir well.
You can adjust the Pimm’s and lemonade quantities to taste, creating a stronger or weaker drink as desired. Once you’ve enjoyed the refreshing beverage, don’t forget to savor the strawberries, which will have soaked up the flavors!
Though the traditional Pimm’s cocktail recipe calls for cucumber, strawberries, and mint, there are several variations to explore:
- Citrus-based Pimm’s: Replace the cucumber, strawberries, and mint with fresh orange and lemon chunks for a zesty twist.
- Pimm’s with a kick: Add a shot of gin to the traditional recipe for a stronger, more alcoholic beverage.
- ChamPimm’s: Swap out the lemonade for sparkling wine or champagne, resulting in a delicious but potent concoction.
While Pimm’s is undoubtedly a sunny day favorite, Winter Pimm’s offers a delightful option for colder weather. This brandy-based drink has spice and orange flavors and is best served with warmed apple juice and cloves as a fantastic alternative to mulled wine.
Conclusion: Enjoy Pimm’s All Year Round
Whether you’re sipping on a classic Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail during the height of summer or warming up with a Winter Pimm’s on a chilly evening, these tips will help you make the most of this classic English drink. So gather your ingredients, follow our guide, and enjoy a refreshing Pimm’s cocktail with friends and family. Cheers!