Sometimes simplicity is key. When it comes to a no-frills patio cocktail, it’s hard to make any argument against the trustworthy Pimm’s Cup. First produced in 1823 by Jame’s Pimm of London, it was originally served in a vessel known as the “No. 1 Cup.” Since it’s inception, it has become the official beverage of Polo as well as Wimbledon.
There are 3 staple variations of the Cup, “English Style” with carbonated lemonade, “Royal” with Champagne, and the most common, “Pimm’s and Ginger” with Gingerale. Pimm’s has the uncanny ability to elevate the characteristics of what ever you mix it with, so most commonly, a slice of cucumber, lemon or other seasonal fruit is added. For a cocktail so simplistic in its ingredients, it is extremely versatile and complex in its character, and there hasn’t been a bar that I’ve worked behind that I haven’t brought my own bottle. It truly is the perfect pairing for sunshine.
Pimm’s No.1 Cup
- 2oz Pimm’s No. 1
- squeeze of lemon
- cucumber slice (seasonal fruit optional)
- top with ginger ale over ice
~ Gerry Jobe