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I remember an article years ago in Esquire before it became the usual mouthpiece of leftist policies where Pimms, gin in equal parts along with club soda and a slice of lime was a popular drink with the British officials in pre independence India. The description was especially vivid describing the humidity accumulating on the chilled glasses. I started drinking it as a summertime cocktail then and continue to do so today. Vary the amounts to your own tastes to see what you think.
I've always loved Pimm's Cup cocktail ever since I first tried it in the 1940s. When I moved south to Texas, Houston had just achieved the status of a "liquor-by-the-drink" city and boyohboy did that legal decision pump-up restaurant incomes. We had a British-themed restaurant called the Red Lion Pub and we became loyal supporters of its prime rib and Pimm's Cup menu.
The restaurant is long gone, but i still adore Pimm's. It gets really hot down here, and Pimm's helps.
Funny - was just reading an insert in the Sunday SF Chronicle listing the 100 best bars in the SF Bay area, and there were at least four separate references to Pimm's Cup on various establishments' cocktail lists. I do see it as an odd fit for SF itself, but perhaps better suited to the summer heat in places like Sonoma or Napa. I like it fine enough as an occasional event drink, but I'll stick to my G&Ts on a regular basis.
Try a Pimm's Cup made with ginger beer - perhaps known elsewhere by another name, but a tad "bitier" & refreshing than those made with lemonade. Even for those with an aversion to gin, these are cooling in the summer doldrums.
I was in Wells England last month, we stopped in at a pub and there was Pimms. I asked the bartender, what exactly is Pimms? He said, it's -well it's Pimms. I should have tried it to see, but went with the local cider.
I drank a little when I was 18-28 not much, never enjoyed it. I doubt I ever drank a "cocktail". I usually drank because others I was hanging out with were drinking. I can never remember thinking I wish I had a cold beer or a drink of any kind. I haven't had more than a sip of beer now and then for 40 years or so. I took my wife to a wine tasting/appreciation in Napa Valley and had to pay for my wine to get in with her but never even tasted it. But she enjoyed it. I guess I just don't "get it".