The quintessential slow-sipping summer fruit cup, the Pimm’s Cup is an effervescent mix of fruit, liqueurs, and spices with soda like sparkling lemonade or ginger beer. It’s a thirst-quenching, cooling, life-affirming digestif.

THE HISTORY OF THE PIMM’S CUP

Shellfish-monger and oyster bar restaurateur (an oysterateur, if you will) James Pimm is credited with creating this most British summertime drink. Opening his oyster houses in 1840s London, they soon became famous for the “House Cup,” a gin sling built on Pimm’s own patented recipe for the gin-based, be-fruited, and spiced liqueur.

Over time, Pimm produced cups based on brandy, rum, rye, Scotch, and even vodka—there are seemingly endless varieties of fruit cup—but it wasn’t long before the Pimm’s Cup became the quintessential blend.

It would be another 80 odd years before the drink made its…

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