Pimm’s is certainly a unique liquor and I can imagine a lot of you are not interested in rushing out to buy a bottle simply to make this cocktail. Well fear not, there is a simple, and cheap solution; make up a batch of Faux Pimm’s. I found this recipe while researching Pimm’s and decided to give it a go. In the pictures below the real Pimm’s No. 1 is on the left.
2 oz Gin (Juniper Green) 2 oz Sweet Vermouth (Noilly Prat) 1 oz Triple Sec (Cointreau)
On first taste the Faux Pimm’s is good, but it’s not Pimm’s. The faux is sweeter and has a more winey flavor from the vermouth. The real stuff has a more earthy quality and the flavors are better blended. I will say that this recipe is a reasonable approximation of Pimm’s No. 1 and will certainly give you an idea of what the real stuff is like.
Next I added some Reed’s Premium Ginger Beer and sampled again. Neither of them were able to shine through against this ginger ale. Simply too much going on there, more on that later. Since that experiment didn’t go well I tried another mixer I’ve been playing with this week, San Pelegrino Limonata. This was a better choice to show off the Pimm’s. The faux Pimm’s still came through a bit on the sweet side for me. Both were good in the this mixture. If you decide to go with faux Pimm’s the best explanation I can give is that you’ll be losing the characteristic funkiness of this spirit.