Pimm’s, a brand of liqueur popular in England (and considered by many to be the official drink of Wimbledon), is making a comeback in the states. First produced in 1823 by James Pimm, there are seven Pimm’s varieties, called No. 1 Cup, No. 2 Cup, and so on. Only Pimm’s Cups No. 1, 3 and 6 are still available, and are distinguished by the type of alcohol used to produce them.
We tried a Pimm’s Cup at The Continental, made with Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, which is gin-based and a dark, reddish color with subtle spice and citrus flavors. Bar manager Jennifer Noelle Frank started the cocktail by muddling orange, lemon and cucumber slices in the bottom of a glass. Then she added ice, two ounces of Pimm’s, and topped the drink with Sprite.
The cocktail is a refreshing summer drink with a slight orange flavor. It’s sweet, but a nice change of pace from the typical lime flavors of popular summer drinks (margarita, mojito) for a patio sipper. Of course, if you’re still craving a mojito, The Continental serves those, too.
Try it: The Continental, 428 E. Locust St.