Memorial Day’s in the rearview mirror, which means it’s time to fire up the grill, don your summer whites—and break out the Pimm’s No. 1. This herbal, spice-infused liqueur is huge in the UK, where the fruit-topped Pimm’s Cup is a classic English summertime-afternoon, playing-croquet-on-the-lawn sort of drink.
James Pimm invented the original Pimm’s (and gave it the highly original name of Pimm’s No. 1) in London in the 1840s, combining gin with a distinctive blend of herbs, fruits and more. In further years, he followed it up with Scotch-based Pimm’s No. 2, brandy-based Pimm’s No. 3 and so on. Today, most of the others have been discontinued and it’s just the No. 1 you’re likely to see.
It’s low-proof enough (25 percent ABV) to make for a great all-day sipper, particularly mixed with lemonade or ginger ale, à la the classic Pimm’s Cup. But our fascinating friend Pimm’s can be plenty versatile, too. Here are three ways to serve it this summer.