Good Friday (Isn’t it Always)

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.

Pims No. 1

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.

It has an almost ale-like color

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.


— Mark


  1. I love your blog. Everybody loves cocktails. This one is very easy and needs little ingredients which is sweet.

  2. desasdishes says:

    I love Pimms Cup – I usually soak some citrus fruits, strawberries, and cucumbers in the liqueur before adding the ginger ale in because some fancy pub served it to me that way. But it’s delicious any way you pour 🙂 Thanks for giving it a shout out.

    • vierthalerphotography says:

      More than welcome for the Pimm’s Cup shoutout! I really enjoyed. I’ll have to try soakign some citrus fruits in the liqueur before adding the ginger ale. That sounds way good. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Hey, this cocktail is served every year at Wimbledon, the worlds most famous tennis tournament, they actually have a Pimms bar, they make a mean drink…from memory I think there is cucumber in it, plus a few other bits and bobs.


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