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Want your guests to taste summer? Make them a Pimm's jug

It's perfect for parties.

You may have noticed the "Pimm's Cup" on the menu at cocktail bars, but have you ever thought of making them at home?

The gin-based liqueur is a British summer institution but has fewer followers in the U.S., where it remains a niche libation that appears at trendy (or European-themed) bars.

But Pimm's No. 1 is readily available in liqueur stores in the Twin Cities and at around $15-$18 a bottle, doesn't cost a fortune if you're expecting company.


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A 750ml bottle is good to make several Pimm's jugs, which itself requires very little skill outside of chopping fruit and measuring liquids – no muddling or shaking required.

The simplest recipe I found on BBC Good Food, which requires the following:

  • 200ml Pimm's No. 1
  • 600ml lemonade (by which it means Mist Twst, 7UP or Sprite).
  • Fresh mint sprigs, sliced cucumber, sliced orange and strawberries, to serve.
  • Ice.

That's really it. Chuck a load of ice in the bottom of a jug, pour in the Pimm's and the soda, throw in the sliced fruit and mint leaves, then mix and serve.

If you're looking to sup a Pimm's cup in the Twin Cities, Yelp has some suggestions – with Merlin's Rest in south Minneapolis highly recommended.

(Full disclosure, I'm biased because I'm British and Pimm's tastes like summer, but I should also clarify that I am not employed by Pimm's, nor do I own any holdings in the company).

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