A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky 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.
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.
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.