June 2, 2006

It's Hot Out There For A Pimm's

After multiple urgings from Patti, I finally broke down and tried Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.

It was very satisfying!

Here’s how I made it. Very simply:

  • Glass of ice
  • 1 shot of Pimm’s, poured over the ice.
  • fill the remaining space with a few ounces of Limonata.
  • Drink

Experiments with 7UP were unsatisfactory. I didn’t love it in Sprite, either. Nor in diet versions of both.

The Limonata has the sour power to really make it a refreshing drink. Pimm’s shouldn’t be paired with anything wimpy.

My personal concern is that I’m not drinking sugared sodas lately, so I’d rather skip the Limonata if I can. After last night’s experiments, I am convinced that I can recreate a diet version of Limonata with lemon juice, water, club soda and Splenda which will serve quite well as a diet Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. Purists will want to stick with the Limonata. Recipe to follow, when I get through experimenting.

[Update: I realized I posted this without describing the flavor at all. Pimm’s has been compared to gin, because of the way it’s had flavors added to it, but it is not like gin as we are used to it. It’s a somewhat mediciney liqueur, which is why it needs something sweet and sour to balance it off. It overpowers Sprite. I haven’t tried it with ginger ale, but I’m willing to bet that it goes better with a real ginger beer than it does with ginger ale. Pimm’s is hard to describe, but I will say it was quite refreshing. It’s great to have another summer drink to turn to.]

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BTW - thanks to Sara for supplying the Limonata!

Posted by: James at June 2, 2006 2:25 PM

You could mix up some lemon-limeade and try it with that. You know, those frozen cans of limeade and lemonade from, I think, Tropicana?

Yay, I'm so glad you made your Pimm's No. 1 Cup.

Last nigh, I had a scotch and lemon-limeade. Mmm...

Posted by: Patti M. at June 2, 2006 3:20 PM

I love limeade, but still I'm trying to cut down on sugary drinks where I can because it's like liquid candy. On many days I have enough calories left at the end of the day to drink a limeade, but on those days that I'm short on calories I try to come up with alternatives.

There are going to be more articles on the blog about this as time goes on.

Posted by: James at June 2, 2006 3:38 PM

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