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Prim, proper and deliciously refreshing

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If there ever was a beverage besides tea that was synonymous with Great Britain, it’d be Pimm’s. Back in 1823, the finest Britons struggled with knocking back oysters and gin, because of the spirit’s tangy bitterness. Then, oyster bar owner James Pimm refined a brew that he had concocted as a digestion aid, to create a tasty mix – Pimm’s house cup. This inspired assembly of gin, quinine (also found in tonic water) and a top-secret mix of herbs and liqueurs started a trend that has soared ever since. The Pimm’s brand expanded in 1851 to meet demand. The original recipe was a staple in gentlemen’s clubs and genteel Brits grew to enjoy new additions to the range, including the scotch-based No. 2 and brandy-based No. 3. The Swinging Sixties saw the development of Pimm’s Nos. 5 and 6 — vodkaand rye-based blends. The spirits producer has changed with the times in other ways, like the switch from cork-sealed to modern screwcapped bottles in 1946, but one thing has stayed the same — the original Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail that’s equally delicious in its traditional role chasing oysters as it is quenching summer thirst at a backyard barbecue.

Traditional Pimm’s No. 1
(Makes one drink)

Ingredients
1 oz Pimm’s No. 1
3 oz L emonade, chilled
1 package of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 Cucumber, sliced
1 Orange, sliced
1 Mint sprig

Method
1. Prepare fruit and cucumber. Put a few slices of each and one sprig of mint in a tall glass.
2. Add ice and 1 oz of Pimm’s to the glass.
3. Top with lemonade (alternatively, use ginger ale or lemon-lime soda). Serve.



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