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good recipes with pimms?

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any good drink recipes with pimms? just got a bottle as a gift from a friend. thanks!

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  1. OOOH! A Pimms Cup! A traditional drink served at Wimbledon, and really delish...sort of tastes like exotic Coke. Mix Pimms and fresh lemonade and sprite/7Up, pour in a tall glass over ice and add a skewer of cucumber as a stirrer.

    Supposedly you can also pour some champagne over Pimms for the luxe version of a Pimms Cup.

    1. Assuming it is the more common Pimm's No. 1, it's a gin based summer drink mixed, as suggested above, with club or lemon soda to taste. Pimm's No. 3 ("the winter cup") is brandy based and mixed with cider, etc.

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      1. re: tdo ca

        How cool, I didn't know there were different kinds. Thanks!

        1. re: ballulah

          they have different formulations based on different liquor bases - not all are readily available anymore...

      2. If it's Pimm's Cup No. 1, we used to mix it with 7-Up or very dry ginger ale, hit it with a squirt of lime, use a nice cucumber spear as a stirrer, and pour it over ice. Great summertime drink.

        We tried the other 3, as I recall, and none were quite as enjoyable as No.1. That, however, was a long time ago.

        You're going to like it, I bet. It's a really nice drink. Enjoy!

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        1. re: Atlantis

          tried pimms w/ ginger ale and lime...wonderful. also tried it with just sparkling water and that's really nice too for less sweet drink. thanks all. i'm really enjoying experimenting with this liquer.

        2. My preferred version is ginger ale, pimms, and lemon. Taste like iced tea. Much more botanical with the tradional cuke. I've seen pimms fruit cups at a bar in New York, Employees only, I think. They added lemons, orage, lime, cuke and others to pimms no.1.

          I believe the other pimms are all defunct except for no. 3. I believe there were 6 of them, the main difference being the base spirit. No. 1 is gin, there were rum, whiskey, scotch, vodka, etc.

            1. Pimms with ginger ale, cucumber, mint, strawberries and lemon.

              1. ok, I don't know the ratios, but I had this amazing Pimms-based drink last night at Anise in Boston (home to some truly excellent bartending from the famous Frank). He shook together fresh OJ, grand marinier, and Pimms. Then, into the bottom of a martini glass he poured a scant 1/4-inch of galliano, followed by the stuff from the shaker, filling the martini glass to about a 1/4-inch from the rim. Then he floated champagne on top. Wow! Sooo yummy. I was very suspicious based on the addition of galliano, but it offered the exact right note of astringency. I talked to Frank about it, and he said his initial thought had been to use an amaretto type liqueur, but that the sweetness would have been too much. I would have to agree wholeheartedly.

                my favorite pimms concoction, though, is the classic: pimms and fizzy dry lemonade, poured over ice and a mess of strawberry slices, cucumber slices, and occasionally some apple, garnished with mint.

                1. Try the traditional garnish of oyster juice or extract the juice from some borage as well as serving with borage leaves.