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Perfect Pimm's Cup

With New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail in full swing this week, we thought it only appropriate to share a classic Big Easy cocktail recipe. The world’s premier cocktail festival, Tales is celebrating its tenth year of spirited seminars, dinners, competitions and tastings this year. Anyone who’s been to New Orleans knows the city celebrates the liquid side of its culture year-round, but this week is the time to be there if you want to learn how to make bitters, pair tequila, open your own bar or more than you ever wanted to know about gin and tonic. To see Tales of the Cocktail’s full schedule, visit their website.

While the Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans, second runner-up may be the Pimm’s Cup. Created in the mid-1800s in England, the gin-based drink made its way to the French Quarter’s Napoleon House. It became an instant hit during the summertime in the city for its refreshing taste and low-alchohol content (translation: you could drink five of them and still get up off your barstool). Napoleon himself never made it to this 200-year-old landmark in the city, but he was supposed to stay there in 1821 during his exile and the name stuck.

Fixings for the Pimm’s Cup can be found in numerous bars and residences in New Orleans, but the Napoleon House lists the recipe below on its website, claiming” “Be warned, home concoctions of the Pimm’s Cup, no matter how accurate, for some reason, never taste as good as those at the Napoleon House.”

Pimm’s Cup

1 1/4 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
3 oz. lemonade
Splash of 7UP
Cucumber for garnish

Fill a tall 12-oz. glass with ice and add the Pimm’s and lemonade. Top off with 7UP and garnish with cucumber.

For more on the Pimm’s Cups roots and increasing popularity, read the New York Times’ article from June

Photo by whitneyinchicago from Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Patrick / July 27, 2012

    I think you meant to say 1821. Napoleon had been dead for 100 years in 1921.