Pimm's No. 1 Cup
Pimm's // Scotland
Pimm's No. 1 is the most popular of the liqueur category known as cups. First created in 1840, No. 1 uses gin as its base along with a secret blend of spices, fruit, and botanicals. There have been other Pimm's over the years; No. 2 had a Scotch base, No. 3 used brandy, No. 4 was rum, No. 5 rye, and No. 6 used Vodka. They have all had been discontinued, but Diageo which currently owns Pimm's, rebranded No. 3 as Winter's Cup and it still uses brandy as its base. Every bar, both at home and otherwise, has their own recipe for their perfect Pimm's Cup cocktail. Some use lemonade, others lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. The sky is the limit for fruit additions, but strawberry and cucumber slices are quite common, especially during Wimbledon.
Fruit LiqueursFruit(s) is the the dominant flavor for the liqueur. Often, but not always, the primary fruit flavor will be listed on the bottle. And sometimes the fruit will be listed in French. The base spirit is often neutral spirit, but other liquors such as brandy can be used. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies widely.
"The aroma is quite fruity with berries and lemon dominating the aroma. There's a gentle dark spiced element lurking in the background with cinnamon and licorice standing out. It is moderately bittersweet and just aching to be poured into a highball glass with bubbles of your choice. A Pimm's Cup is de rigueur, but consider using in warm gin punches come winter."
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