The term Pimm's, tout court, generally designates Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a gin-based mixed drink which can be drunk neat but is usually diluted with fizzy lemonade, soda water, or ginger ale and served on ice, decorated with orange, lemon, and cucumber slices—in which form it provides deceptively strong refreshment at outdoor summer parties of the frilly-dress variety, and has become the mandatory tipple at the Wimbledon Championships. There were other numbered sorts of Pimm's, based on different spirits (No. 2 for whisky, No. 3 for brandy, and No. 4 for rum), but these now seem to have disappeared, and the only other type generally available is an unnumbered vodka-based Pimm's. The various mixtures were supposedly invented towards the end of the nineteenth century by the barman at Pimm's Restaurant in Poultry, in the City of London.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.