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How I had managed to get to the age of 44 years old without every trying a glass of Pimms I will never know.
Everyone has heard of Pimms, but it would appear that not everyone has tried it. I am not the only one either - my husband had not tried it before.
We were invited to a wedding last summer, it was supposed to be a scorching hot day in July and jugs of Pimms were placed on the tables, when we arrived at the reception venue. The reality was somewhat different and the day was a very typical British summers day and we would probably have preferred mugs of hot chocolate! But jugs of iced Pimms were on offer and it is probably fair to say that hubby and I reluctantly poured ourselves a glass each.
Oh wow... what a totally gorgeous drink. One glass turned into three or four until disappointingly the jug was empty, that was when my mission to buy Pimms started.
The nest weekend I browsed the supermarket isle and to be honest I was shocked and disappointed at the price of Pimms, being around £17 for a 70cl bottle. There had to be a better special offer elsewhere I thought.. so went off to find it!
My next stop was our local Lidl. Now, I am a fan of Lidls and find that they generally have most things I am after... They sold their own make of Pimms... called Jeeves Original for a special offer price of £8 = the bottle looked extremely similar, there was no mistaking as to what this drink was imitating. The price was the nudge that I needed.
I was lucky this particular weekend, in that the sun shone and the summer had decided to make an appearance. So I made a jug of this wonderful drink
SUMMER IN A GLASS
We look up the recipe online, to make sure that we were able to replicate the drink we were given at the wedding reception the weekend before:
Mix 1 part Jeeves Original
to 3 parts of lemonade
We chopped the cucumber into cubes, around the size of a dice. The oranges we sliced and cut into halves, the strawberries we cut into halves too.
The jug served three of us about three glasses of Pimms/Jeeves each.
This drink tasted identical to the week before.
On further research in shopping forums online, it appears that Jeeves is a very popular drink and often on a promotional price in Lidl. People are known to stock up when it is on offer as it is so much cheaper than the main supermarkets.
Jeeves Original is Gin based, is is infused with various herbs and a dark pinky brown, some say that is has a peppery flavour, a citrus flavour or even caramel. I have only drunk this as a fruity drink with lemonade and the drink lends itself to the mixer and takes on the fruit flavours.
Don't be fooled this drink is 17.5% proof, so quite strong! not quite as strong as the brand name Pimms is 25% - so obviously there is quite a difference between the two brands. I personally found though that the taste, when mixed with lemonade, ice and fruit was a drink that was highly delicious and exceptionally similar (I couldn't taste the difference myself) to the original one.
I have also realised that Jeeves is not exclusive to Lidl, which I initially thought it was - good news, so you can buy this at Tesco and various other places too,
i would thoroughly recommend and will definitely be buying this again