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I like a jug (and I do mean a jug!) of Pimm's and lemonade as a refreshing summer drink. It's British summertime in a glass (well a jug!!), and it's absolutely delicious. However it is really just a summertime drink, as it just doesn't really suit winter drinking, you're supposed to sit outside in the garden in the sunshine drinking it, not sat inside in front of the fire shivering!
So enter Pimm's Winter Cup (which was previously called Pimm's No 3 Cup), the brandy based winter version of Pimm's No 1 Cup - the original gin based Pimm's.
Pimm's Winter Cup is designed to drink warm rather than cold, it's a real warming winter version of the classic summer Pimm's. Pimm's Winter Cup is brandy based rather than gin based, and it's designed for winter drinking with its fuller flavours; it's infused with cinnamon, hints of zesty orange, caramel and rich spices.
You simply mix one part Pimm's Winter Cup with three parts clear apple juice (I've used cloudy apple juice as well and it's fine with either one) and then heat gently until warm, but not boiling. If I'm making this for a group of people then I will heat the Pimm's and apple juice in a pan on the hob, where I can then leave it on a low heat once it's ready for people to help themselves to more. If however I'm just making a mug of this for myself, or just for a couple of us, then I will just heat the Pimm's and apple juice in the microwave in individual mugs. Regardless of how many people I'm making this for, I always like to serve the warm drink in mugs rather than glasses, I think that it feels more wintery and warming to drink this from a mug rather than a glass. I always add some orange and apple segments to the mugs to enhance the citrus and the apple flavours.
This tastes absolutely divine. I'm not sure that I can taste the brandy base in this at all, which is a good thing as I don't really like brandy based drinks normally. I personally think that this tastes just like a rich and spicy liqueur, heady with the cinnamon and spices, the cinnamon is definitely the stand out spice in this. I can also detect the citrussy and caramel undertones too. It's definitely a warming winter drink, and it leaves you with a pleasant warm, fuzzy and cozy feeling after drinking a mug (or maybe even two or three mugs!).
Pimm's Winter Cup seems to be a seasonal drink as I normally only see it available in the supermarkets in the wintertime. It comes in a 70cl bottle, and normally costs in the region of around £15-£16, however you can sometimes pick it up on offer from one of the larger supermarkets. The alcohol content of Pimm's Winter Cup is 25%, so I guess that this classes it as a liqueur rather than a spirit.
The bottle does state that you can also drink this cold, mixed with either ginger ale or lemonade. I personally don't like it cold, as I feel that it tastes slightly odd cold, the rich spices and strong cinnamon taste don't really lend themselves to a cold drink - whereas they are absolutely perfect in a warm drink.
I love Pimm's summer and tried out the winter due to my faithfulness to the summer edition. The taste of it is somewhat similar to mulled wine as there are spices in the alcohol. Generally, you have to like Pimm and you have to like mulled wine to be in approval of the Pimm's winter cup. It does warm up my tummy and you do have to follow the advice that they give to u on the instruction label to make it taste like what you get in the restaurants. While Pimm's is traditionally viewed as a summer drink, the winter cup is definitely not meant to be drunk in the summer as the spices create additional heat in the tummy, making you feel more warm rather than cool and relaxed.
As it is winter time now, it would be a good substitute for the traditional mulled wine. So get it if you want to buy anything to drink over Christmas!
A warming winter version of Pimm's summer classic. This brandy based winter warmer show notes of zesty orange and rich robust spices. Mix with apple juice, warm up and enjoy in front of the fire!