According to Wikipedia…Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a “No. 1 Cup”, hence its subsequent name.
I had this for the first time when I was over at a friends house when they were serving Pimms due to a visit from some family members from London. I had never had it before and the taste was so pleasant I had to go buy myself a bottle! Normally it is mixed with fizzy lemonade or gingerale but instead I mixed it with sparkling water and added a bit of maple syrup to give it a bit of sweetness. The strawberry, cucumbers and oranges really give it a nice flavour!
1 Part Pimms
2-3 Parts Carbonated water, gingerale or 7-Up
Slices of oranges, cucumbers, strawberries, limes, lemons and/or apples
Mix ingredients together in a pitcher and serve over lots of ice.
Nice party drink or summer cocktail