Pimm's: the British cocktail!


Pimm's N ° 1 liqueur is very popular in the UK and can be enjoyed at the aperitif, cocktail parties, garden parties and barbecues.

Discover the best ways to enjoy this drink.


The origins of Pimm's

The liquor was created by James Pimm, son of farmers. He grew up in Newnham, Kent, England. It was during his studies in Edinburgh in Scotland that he devoted himself to theology. James moved to London where he established himself and opened his first oyster bar in 1823, located opposite Buckingham Palace. Members of The Royal Family were then regular customers.

James Pimm came up with the idea of serving this liqueur of gin to help his customers digest the shellfish served in its oyster bar.

Pimm's No. 1 liquor is made from gin and plants and has a 25° alcohol content.

After starting an artisanal production in 1823, his success encouraged him to produce this liquor on a commercial scale for other bars in 1851.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 6 different Pimm's recipes. Pimm's N ° 1, based on gin, is undoubtedly the most popular, and will eventually dodge other numbers containing whisky, brandy, rum or vodka.

This cocktail was traditionally served at horse races in England like Ascot and also at the Wimbledon tournament. Pimm's is still a typical British and summer institution today. This cocktail is most often served in large jugs to share: the Pimm's Cup.

Different ways to envoy Pimm’s N°1

To lengthen Pimm's, the classic English recipe offers lemonade, but is easily modifiable.

The liquor is quite sweet, it is possible to replace the lemonade with sparkling water. To give it a bitter touch, replace the lemonade with a soft drink, or for more spice with Ginger Ale. For a spicy version add a Ginger Beer. Finally, for a Pimm's Royal, a more chic drink, just add champagne.
If this cocktail seems too light it is possible to make it stronger.

Add a dash of gin to the cocktail, 1cl is enough to strengthen it.

To change its taste you can also put 1cl of cognac, armagnac or whisky instead.

The famous Pimm’s Cup recipe

Ingredients for 6 people:

- 25 cl of Pimm's N°1

- 75 cl of Franklin & Sons lemonade

- 1 apple

- 4 strawberries

- 1/2 cucumber

- 2 lemons

- mint leaves


Cut all the fruits into pieces.

In a large pitcher, mix the fruit with Pimm's, lemonade and mint.

Place in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 hours, until the fruits macerate.

Serve chilled with ice cubes.

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Article written by Manon C.

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