April 2, 2010 (Day 62) — Pimm’s Cup
It’s a beautiful Friday and the weather here has been absolutely goregeous. So, as promised, I’m continuing with the spring/Easter themed drinks (only a few more days)!
Tonight, it’ll be the Pimm’s Cup, a classic within Great Britain. According to Diageo — which owns the Pimm’s line — the citrusy gin-based drink was first launched in 1840. This “gin-sling” according to Pimm’s Web site, was drank by dandies who wanted to swig some gin while savoring oysters. Over 100 years later, this curious little fellow is still as popular as ever — and it’s ingredients are still a closely guarded secret.
While we didn’t have oysters this evening, we did partake in some tilapia. Which IS seafood. In my mind, the two are close enough. And what better way to honor Mr. James Pimm himself than to make the Pimm’s No. 1 Cup that made him famous.
Fill a highball glass half-full with ice.
2 oz Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
Top with ginger ale
This is a very good, very smooth, very accesible drink. The flavor is very fruity, without the bitterness you get from straight gin. The sweetness of the ginger ale lends its own smoothness to the drink as well.
This is very good. Although, I’m slow to say that, if only because I have flashbacks Ricky Gervais vehicle “Ghost Town” and its constant reference as a “girly drink.” But hey, in the end, I’m comfortable with that. It can’t be neat scotch with water all the time. Variety is the spice of life! And if given the choice between satisfying my sweet tooth on candy or a cocktail… Well… no secret there. Booze is going to win.
Jenn signed off on this as well, which is usually a good sign that the average cocktail drinker will take to it kindly. While certainly not as powerful as some other cocktails we’ve made — after all, this only has 2 oz liquor in it — that’s exactly what makes it a great introductory cocktail.
So, for those of you who are sometimes a bit wary of dippin your toes into the cocktail pool, I would recommend this as a good place to start. Not only does it taste good and lack a bite, it’s incredibly easy to make.