Well, it’s that time of the month again where we dust off our thinking caps and share a cocktail fitting to the monthly challenge that is Mixology Monday. This month’s party is hosted by Filip at Adventures in Cocktails, and his assignment is to showcase:

…Any cocktail where the base ingredient is not bourbon, gin, rum, rye, tequila, vodka etc would qualify. So whether you choose Mezcal or Armagnac get creative and showcase your favorite niche spirit.

So with that in mind, I decided to go for a cocktail based on Pimm’s #1.
Pimm’s #1 is a gin based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm, and by 1859, it was being sold commercially in London. Eventually there was a whole line of Pimm’s, each being differentiated by their base spirit: gin, scotch whisky, brandy, rum, rye whiskey, and vodka. During the 1970’s Pimm’s #2 to #5 were fazed out due to poor demand, leaving only the gin based Pimm’s #1 and the vodka based Pimm’s #6 available commercially.

I chose to pair the Pimm’s with ginger and mint, as those two ingredients go well together and compliment the citrus flavors found in the Pimms’s. Some bitters and citrus juice to round it out, and there you have it. A great summertime refresher with layers upon layers of complexity. I was actually surprised at how well this drink turned out. Try it and let me know what you think. Cheers!

Evening in July
3 oz Pimms #1
1 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
12 Mint Leaves
1 tsp Ginger (microplaned)
4 dashes Orange Bitters
Soda Water