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Pimms Cup - please, bartender, please

owlglass Jul 28, 2006 09:31 PM

love Pimms Cup, but can never find bars that serve one


  1. jupiter Jul 28, 2006 10:24 PM

    when you find out please let me know!
    This is the standard holiday drink of the summer for me and one of my firends, but we always have to make our own, since we don't know of any bars that make them.

    1. Cynsa Jul 28, 2006 10:51 PM

      Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary makes Pimms Cups, I'm sure.
      Call them at 415.885.4074 to confirm.

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        rootlesscosmo Jul 28, 2006 11:39 PM

        Isn't Pimm's Cup a proprietary mix that comes in bottles? It used to be; there were actually several versions, depending on what spirit was used. Pimm's No. 1 was a gin "sling," and there were Nos. 2 through 6, as I recall; my favorite (was it #4?) was brandy-based. But last time I checked, the only one still available was #1, which I'm pretty sure I've seen in liquor stores recently.

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        1. re: rootlesscosmo
          Scott M Jul 28, 2006 11:46 PM

          No Pimms Cup is a mixed drink.

          Fill a tall 12 oz glass with ice and add 1 1/4 oz. Pimm's #1 and 3 oz lemonade
          Then top off with 7up or ginger ale
          Garnish with cucumber

        2. Scott M Jul 28, 2006 11:47 PM

          These places serve it

          Cafe de la Presse
          The Orbit Room Cafe

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          1. re: Scott M
            Sixy Jul 29, 2006 12:25 AM

            Lukas tap room made a mean pimms and champagne cocktail the last time I went which was over a year ago, admittedly. I am always asking for Pimm's in bars in SF and more often than not I am unlucky and they dont even stock it.

            I am confused about the cup thing. I know there is a cocktail called a cup, but the actual types of Pimms are also called cups and back in the day when it was easier to get more than just the gin based pimms. ie there was a No 1 cup a No 3 cup , No 5, No 7, each number referred to a different spirit base. It is printed on the lid still today No 1 Cup

            According to my Sauce guide (A british cocktail magazine I have in front of me as I write) http://sauceguides.com/

            Pimms classic = 2 shots pimms topped up with half and half lemonade(english style)/ginger beer

            Pimm's Cup = 2 shots pimms, 1/4 shot fresh squeezed lime, topped up with ginger beer

            both in a collins glass.

            English pubs weren't want to make fancy cocktails in my day, probably still dont if they are a real pub, so my drink of choice in a pub was often pimm's, lemonade (english white lemonade, fizzy), and a lemon garnish.

            At home I would do the same thing with cucumber and sometimes, if my plants were doing well, borage flowers in icecubes added.

            Here - the preference of mixer is the french or italian lemonade in the fancy glass bottles, but when I am being more of a cheapskate I resort to 7-Up. Not my ideal, but what else can I do?

            Mollie Stones are a good stockist of Pimms btw.


            1. re: Sixy
              Scott M Jul 29, 2006 12:41 AM

              Pimm's No. 1 (gin-based) Pimm's No.2 (Scotch-based), No.3 (brandy-based), No. 4 (rum-based), No.5 (rye-based) and No.6 (vodka-based). Only No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 are produced today.

              I believe they are referred to as "cups" but the Pimm's cup cocktail uses Pimm's No.1. I think No. 3 is now called Pimm's Winter.

              1. re: Scott M
                rootlesscosmo Jul 29, 2006 01:58 AM

                I'd be willing to gamble on a bottle of the Winter--it was the brandy one, #3, that I used to drink on summer afternoons in the San Remo bar on Mason St., listening to the regulars slam their dice boxes on the bar. Any idea where I could find it?

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            Sixy Jul 29, 2006 12:44 AM

            I read some pretty bad stuff about the Winter online, so I am in no hurry to try it! But I think you can only get No 1 in the USA?
            I think I used to drink no 6 when I was younger.

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              merkin Aug 7, 2006 03:23 AM

              I just had a pimms cup at A cote. Man, was it yummy.

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                ptrachel Aug 8, 2006 05:55 AM

                used to be able to get one at hobson's choice in upper haight...

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                  Saccade Sep 10, 2006 02:58 AM

                  I saw a lot of bottles of Pimm's No. 1 at Absinthe last night, and they have a specialty cocktail or two made with it (and with cucumbers), so I'm certain the bartender could and would pour you a Pimm's Cup. It's one of my favorites as well, but it was too chilly last night for me to be in the mood.

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                  1. re: Saccade
                    Bay Gelldawg Sep 10, 2006 11:05 PM

                    The bar in the Palace Hotel, the one with the Maxfield Parrish painting of the pied piper, serves Pimm's cup, complete with cucumber garnish.

                    1. re: Bay Gelldawg
                      philmaur Sep 13, 2010 04:57 AM

                      Yes, the Pied Piper Bar.

                      Pied Piper Bar
                      Market New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  2. susancinsf Sep 11, 2006 03:12 AM

                    They had Pimm's Cup on the specialty menu when I ate at Range tonight...I didn't try it (and am no expert certainly) but I've always thought their drinks are very good, so I hope you try it...

                    1. Non Cognomina Sep 11, 2006 03:37 AM

                      I just saw a Pimm's cup on the cocktail menu of The Slanted Door this afternoon.

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                        jeaneco Sep 12, 2010 06:01 PM

                        Had my first Primm's Cup at Farley Bar in Golden Gate Bridge Park at Cavallo Point lodge. It was awfully refreshing on a summer afternoon. Loved it. Almost worth the $12 price tag.

                        Cavallo Point
                        601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

                        1. Pei Sep 12, 2010 08:59 PM

                          Gitane serves a take on a Pim's cup that includes sliced strawberries and cucumbers in a glass of Pim's 1 and ice wine (the Californian version, not real ice wine) topped off with ginger beer.

                          It's called the coupe glacee and it's one of their most popular drinks. Get it now because I think it's altered for the winter menu. Although, if a Pim's cup is all you're after they will be able to make it. They always have Pim's, limes, and ginger beer.

                          Gitane Restaurant & Bar
                          6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

                          1. openhelix Sep 12, 2010 09:29 PM

                            Clock Bar and Bourbon and Branch both make a good one.

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                              chocomel Sep 13, 2010 10:15 AM

                              I've had a variation of Pimm's cup at RN 74 and it was delicious. I don't think there's lemonade in it though, i don't know if that makes it un-original.

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                                saffrongold Sep 13, 2010 11:20 AM

                                Grand Cafe in the Hotel Monaco makes authentic Pimm's Cup

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