A Pimm's Cup is basically a British version of fruity, alcoholic lemonade and is particularly great as a hot weather drink. For some reason, this is the cocktail I associate with England, probably because I had more Pimm's Cups while drinking in England then any other cocktail. It seems, after tea, Pimm's Cups are the second most popular English national beverage and everybody has their own version*.
Pimm's Cup #1 is a gin based liquor containing a secret mixture of herbs, fruits and spices and was originally created by James Pimm as an aid to digestion. The Pimm's Cup #1 cocktail is comprised of Pimm's Cup #1, lemons or lemonade, mint, seltzer or soda water and fruits. Cucumber (yes, cucumbers are classified as fruit!) is the most common, though apples, berries and other assorted fruits can also be employed.
When I went to buy a bottle I discovered there was a Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower Liqueur version and curiosity got the better of me so I bought that instead of the Pimm's Cup #1. I'm very glad I did, I loved it and it gave me an opportunity to create my own version of a Pimm's Cup!
As the weather heats up here in the Americas why not have a go with this summery and delicious cup of Martini Diva style English cheer.
PIMM'S BERRY CUP #1