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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published October 17th 2014
PIMMS No1 the perfect summer quencher
Everything old is HOT again.

It is a going to be a long hot Aussie summer. That means watching the cricket Test on TV, lazing by the pool, or feet up with a good summer read, and the latest essential drink must be a glass of Pimm's.

Pimms No 1
Pimms No 1

Traditionally, an English summer drink, Aussies are fast making it their own, and Pimm's is so quick and easy to prepare you will wonder why it has taken you so long to get on board. Plus it's easy to make in a big batch, so great for Christmas celebrations, Boxing Day BBQ's or family get togethers playing backyard cricket..

In 1840, using gin, quinine, and a secret mixture of herbs and botanicals, James Pimm first sold his thirst-quenching cocktail at an oyster bar in London's financial district. Dishing it out in a small sized tankard called the 'No1 cup', hence the name, 'Pimm's No. 1 Cup' it was originally served as a digestive. The original recipe remains a secret held by only a handful of people.

Pimms No 1
Pimm's Royale

Now Pimm's is closely associated with the upper class, appearing at the top English events including cricket, polo matches, yacht regattas, opera festival and Wimbledon. Of course the Aussies have adapted it to be a feature of the racing celebrations with the Melbourne Cup.

The botanicals give it a very subtle and gentle 'peppery' taste, which you should try not to *muddy too much when making a Pimms Cocktail. This is an excellent thirst quencher, diluted with your own choice of mixer and chilled with ice cubes. The traditional fruit added gives a very summery feel to the drink.

Pimms No 1
Jug of Pimms No.1

For the traditionalist, take a jug or long drink glass and fill it with ice.

Mix 1 part PIMM'S* No.1
3 parts chilled lemonade;
add mint, cucumber, orange or lemon slice
Substitute Tonic, ginger ale or ginger beer or even a mixture to suit your taste.

For something a little bit fancy try Pimm's Royale

Add 25ml of PIMM'S* No.1 to a champagne flute
Top with Champagne (or Moscato for a sweeter taste).
Add a strawberry

And for those who like to shaken it up Turbo Pimm's.
In a tall glass mix 1 part Pimms, 1 part vodka or gin, top with ginger ale or tonic water .
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We always stock Pimms No.1 Cup. It is best taken in a chilled Tom Collins glass, ice, Soda Water and a long Cucumber slice inside hanging from the rim. If preferred sweeter, used Lemonade.
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