Episode 23 covers Pimm's No. 1. A gin based spirit from Great Britain, it's a mainstay of Summer for the British when mixed into its signature cocktail the Pimm's Cup. At 25% ABV, or 50 proof, it's easy drinking, especially when mixed.
Enjoy this episode with a Pimm's Cup.
Pimm's official website: https://www.anyoneforpimms.com/
Brief Historical Timeline:
- 1840 - James Pimm invents Pimm's No. 1 to be served at his Oyster bar
- 1851 - No. 2 and No. 3 are introduced
- 1859 - Production for commercial sale beyond the oyster bar begins
- 1865 - James Pimm sells his business to Fredrick Sawyer
- 1880 - Horatio David Davies buys Pimm's
- 1887 - Pimm's Oyster Houses are franchised throughout London
- Late 1890s - Horatio becomes Sir Horatio as a member of Parliament then Lord Mayor of London
- 1906 - Sir Horatio forms Pimm's into a private company and uses his connections to popularize Pimm's No. 1
- Post WWII - No. 4 is launched
- 1960s - No. 5 and No. 6 are launched
- 1969 - Diageo ancestor acquires Pimm's, Diageo still owns the brand as of 2020
- 1971 - Pimm's Cup is first sold at Wimbledon
- 1970s & 80s - Variations other than No. 1 are retired, sales decline
- 1990s to today - Diageo invests in marketing and Pimm's No. 1 has it's place cemented in the British and world drinks culture
Pimm's No. 1 is basically a premixed punch. Much of this episode digs into the history of this "fruit cup" cocktail. Pimm's No. 1 is synonymous with the Pimm's Cup cocktail.
The British way is to mix 1 part Pimm's No. 1 with 3 parts Lemonade and garnish heavily with Strawberry, Orange, Cucumber and a sprig of Mint.
The American (or more specifically, New Orleans) way is to substitute the lemonade for Sprite, 7-Up or other lemon lime soda. And cut back on the garnish a bit.
Wikipedia article on Pimm's
Web Archive version of the Pimm's official website, circa 2016
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