Many years ago, I came across a recipe in a magazine to make a very similar drink to Pimms No 1. I cut it out and took it with us when we stayed in a cottage for a week in Dorset. I remember the week. Sort of. It was sunny, blurry and a very happy time was had by all. I now have a sixteen year old and was regaling the story to him and his friends (they enjoy said drink). Could I make it again? They would like to try it.
I knew it involved gin and orange curacąo and had a faint recollection of vermouth. I had the first two drinks in the cupbard so trekked off to the supermarket for the third. This is where I went wrong. I purchased white vermouth – should have purchased red, but the taste is not dissimilar. The normal bits – cucumber, mint, strawberries and apples were also gathered together.
So to the recipe, which I luckily found trawling the internet. I do not know how I lived without it. I am an information junkie.
DIY Pimms No 1™ (like drink)
1 measure of gin
1 measure of red vermouth
1/2 measure of orange curacąo
Mix in a jug, add cloudy lemonade and there you go – DIY Pimms
A word of warning – this mix is significantly stronger than the standard stuff you buy in the bottle. Either just have one glass or add more lemonade. I didn’t heed my warning and found mYself tyyyyping lik LES dawson uSEd to pLay THE pianooooooo.
It may amuse you to know that I purchased white vermouth. The Teen willing assisted in making up the potion, but bemoaned the fact we were going to end up with a translucent drink. In a typical brainwave of his, he suggested red food colouring. A strike of genius ………………. except we only had blue. So that’s what we had, and very good it was too. Cheers!