The Pimm’s Cup is the most famous cocktail to feature the British gin-based liqueur, but it’s not the only game in town. Just look at the Pimm’s Fizz, a fun and frothy cocktail combining Pimm’s No. 1 with London dry gin, fresh lime juice, grenadine, ginger syrup, egg white and sparkling water. It brings all the refreshment you want from a Pimm’s Cup but lends additional flavors via the rich grenadine and spicy ginger.
Betts says the liqueur’s best attribute is its versatility, though it can be challenging to consider it poured into anything but the traditional fruit cup. And while others maintain that Pimm’s No. 1 should be the primary component of a cocktail, Betts believes it’s better when it shares a split base with another spirit.
That’s what you see here, as Pimm’s shares the spotlight with Beefeater gin. The split base is enhanced by that uncommon mix of spicy and sweet, plus the egg white, which gives the whole affair a silky texture.
“The spicy bite from ginger married with the herbal notes found in Pimm’s creates such an interesting yet balanced flavor,” says Betts.
Add the gin, Pimm’s No. 1, lime juice, grenadine, ginger syrup and egg white into a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice).
Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.
Top with the club soda.
Garnish with 2 or 3 fresh cranberries.