Few things conjure up an image of a perfect British Summer’s day better than a Jug of Pimms and whilst the perfect British summer day may be an elusive concept we do not need to go without our national aperitif in Ibiza, a climate far better suited to it’s sublime sun kissed flavours.
A well made Pimms will give any Sangria a run for it’s money though we all have our own twists on the standard mix and so truth be told, the perfect Pimms is very much in the eye of the beholder.
History of Pimms
Rewind back to a London oyster bar in the 1840s where owner James Pimm invented the thirst-quencher. Using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs. Good old Pimm served up the brew as an aid to digestion, dishing it out in a small tankard and the No. 1 Cup moniker was born.
After the Second World War, Pimms extended their range, using a number of other spirits as bases for new cups. Scotch lent its name to No. 2 cup while No. 3 used brandy, No. 4 rum, No. 5 rye and No. 6 vodka. Of these sequels, the vodka cup and brandy (now called Winter) are the only ones in production while original No. 1 cup still reigns supreme in popularity.
Traditional Pimms No.1
Take one slice of orange, lemon, apple, cucumber per person and one sprig of mint and add to two parts lemonade to one part Pimms.
Turbo Pimms No.1
As above but five parts lemonade, two parts Pimms, one part gin.
Over the years I have refined my own variation which has been very well received. I read in the press last week that the Pimms being served at Wimbledon was one fifth the strength of even the traditional Pimms No1 recipe. My own concoction will be of no use to those of such temperate tastes, this recipe will most certainly get you Squiffy in a Jiffy. I commend it to you.
Nick’s Special Pimms No.66
1/2 Pint Gin or Vodka
500ml/1 pint Pimms
1 litre/2pints lemonade
500ml/1 pint ginger beer
Zest of 1 orange
A handful of mint leaves
A handful of strawberries, washed and hulled
Mixed frozen berries
Many of the commercial stockists keep a supply—GM, Punto cash etc, but for those looking to buy retail you can buy at
Vila Vins – Ibiza
C/ Diputat Josep Ribas, nº 5 Ibiza
Tel. 971 193615
Casa Alfonso – San Antonio
C Progrés, 8 Sant Antoni De Portmany
Tel. 971 34 05 10