If you have ever had the privilege of visiting British tennis tournaments in the summertime, then you’ve no doubt encountered the mass-consumption of a special British beverage called PIMM’s No. 1 Cup. It is a staple at any UK summer tennis event, and a personal favorite of Team Anderson.
PIMM’s is a gin based liqueur with with subtle spice and citrus flavor. The secret blend of herbs and liqueurs was originally offered as a tonic to aid digestion! As an official beverage of the festivities at Wimbledon, it is clear that PIMM’s is synonymous with British summer, and essential for outdoor UK sport and garden festivities.
I caught up with the beverage staff at The Queen’s Club event in London to get to the bottom of how exactly to make a “proper” PIMM’s here in the UK. Watch!
Any cup of PIMM’s is incomplete without a proper garnish of fruit and herbs. The most traditional garnishes are as follows:
-Lemon or Lime
Since you will likely be enjoying your PIMM’s outside in the sun, a generous helping of ice is essential.
Although you can buy pre-mixed PIMM’s, if you purchase the original bottle you will have to mix the beverage yourself. A typical suggestion is 1/2 PIMM’s to 1/2 “lemonade”. However, an important distinction must be made; “lemonade” as defined by the British is a carbonated lemon flavored soft-drink, not to be confused with the lemon-juice version of lemonade consumed in America. If you are making PIMM’s stateside, you will want to use 7up or sprite, as this is what the Brits refer to as “lemonade” (Who knew?!).
With a PIMM’s in hand you are fully prepared to enjoy any British tennis festivities!
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