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      08.08.2012 18:38
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      A refs hung summer drink which can also be converted into a winter festive warmer too!

      This is one of my favourite summer alcoholic drinks, there's something summer and "English" about going to the piwaki a sunny day and ordering a jug of pimms to drink with friends outside on a pub bench.

      Ever better is going to s garden party where Pimms is served, or have your own garden party and make a jug of pimms yourself, as follows:

      Ingredients:
      You need a large jug
      Pimms
      Lemonade
      Strawberries
      Apple
      Cucumber
      A few sprigs of mint

      Method:
      Dilute Pimms with lemonade, 1 part Pimms to 3 parts lemonade (or to taste!)
      Chop apple and cucumber into chunks and add
      Cut strawberries in half and add
      Add sprigs of mint
      Make a couple of hours in advance, store in fridge

      Great drink and even almost healthy with the fruit!

      A few years ago Winter Pimms arrived, this is a delicious alternative to mulled wine. I discovered that you can make a good "winter" Pimms out of the ordinary Pimms by mixing about 3 parts fresh orange juice to 1 part Pimms heating in a pan, gently, with a stick of cinnamon and a few cloves. Then before serving add a splash of brandy to taste. Great for Winter gathering.

      I think it's good on price, about £15 per bottle which would make quite a number of jugs full. Tends to be a more expensive drink if you buy it in the pub though, perhaps £4 a glass, but then it does vastly depend on wherre you buy it from.

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        13.10.2011 00:19

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        A drink that should be for all seasons not just Summer

        This little drink really kickstarted my summer, it is often coincides with Summer BBQs or days just sitting out in the sun. However, for me this is not just a drink for Summer, it is a drink for all seasons when the cold season starts it's nice to have reminder of the warm summery days gone. In the summer time I mix it with Lemonade, strawberries, oranges etc which makes it a really fruity cocktail. However summer fruits aren't available in winter time so I just drink it with lemonade. By diluting it with lemonade it makes the bottle last longer, I feel if I drank it neat it would be just a little too strong for me. Have asked my family to buy some as gift for over Christmas and New Year. I have tried the cans of Pimms and Lemonade but would much prefer to make my own.

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        27.09.2011 13:20
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        A gin based mixer

        I have always heard so many comment about Pimms and it being a classic summer drink but it is one of those things I have never gone out of my way to try. I have never ever really been sure of what exactly is included in Pimms but I know it is considered as being a gin drink. The drink itself was discovered by James Pimm an English man in the 1840s and the rest is history really as more Pimms developed but the one I most recently purchased was the No.1

        PACKAGING

        The look of Pimms is very traditional looking, it comes in a tall glass bottle that narrows at the top. It has a label on the front which says Pimms No1 and then a bit of information on the side about it and what is included. The bottle I got is a 70cl as I wasn't sure if I'd like it that much. It is very classic looking which I like about the design and is very bold. The bottle states that the alcoholic volume is 25% which is high but a recipe is included on the reverse.

        PIMMS NO.1

        The Pimms drink is one I wasn't sure what to expect, I didn't think it'd be that strong with many people saying it is easy to drink and I have to say I'd agree. I follow the label which tells you this drink is best mixed with lemonade and so I took a small measure of Pimms, you don't need too much at all and then filled up the rest of my glass with the remaining lemonade. The drink is a dark brown colour but with the lemonade it looks a bit like a shandy.

        The drink looks very nice almost like an apple drink and doesn't really have much of a smell or taste but it really is best served chilled. To drink it, is very easy there is not much flavour here at all and the best way to describe it would probably be to say it was refreshing. It is a chilled subtle taste and you can get the slightest hint of alcohol from it but sometimes this is more dangerous as I could feel the alcohol hitting me the more I drunk it but it wasn't easy to taste.

        Pimms is a drink probably best served to socialise or for a nice relaxing drink. I wouldn't order this when in a bar or anything as it isn't amazing. It depends though as with Pimms, there are so many different ways to serve this and the official website has a list of recipes so that you can try them all out to see which is the way you best like your Pimms served which I suppose makes the drink that little bit more fun as it is versatile.

        I'd recommend Pimms for those who like a nice drink when they come in from work and want something subtle unlike wine etc which is strong. It is a great mixer and you won't use too much which is why it is good value for money as you don't really need that much to keep your drink going. It isn't the cheapest mixer but once you have it like I said it'll last and it may even be good for dinner parties or sitting with friends having a drink.

        COST

        Pimms can be bought from all off licenses or from all supermarkets. I know Tesco have the 70cl on offer at the minute for £12 rather than the usual £14.79 so you save £2.79. The 1.1L bottle is priced at £20.89 but I tend not to buy big bottle like this, otherwise try your local Bargain Booze.

        The official website with recipes and information is http://www.anyoneforpimms.com/

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          18.07.2011 16:47
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          Summery alcoholic drink - great for barbecues and picnics

          Pimms is a gin-based drink best drunk with lemonade (preferably 1 part Pimms and 3 parts lemonade), strawberries, sliced cucumber, mint leaves and a generous amount of ice. You can also add any other fruit you like. It is a fantastically summery drink, great for picnics, barbecues, parties or summer evenings with friends. It is extremely refreshing, and its sweet fruity taste is exquisite, particularly when contrasted with the bitter taste of the mint leaves.
          While some people like to drink Pimm's straight, without any mixer such as lemonade, I am not a fan of this. I find that it is a little too strong on its own to be a refreshing and summery drink, which it how it is marketed and how I believe it should be. But Pimms and lemonade it one of the great British traditions, and if you haven't tried it, I strongly recommend you do.

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          02.06.2010 21:26
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          Great summer alcoholic beverage

          -Introduction-

          During the summer we always have a bottle of emergency pimms in the cupboard. Pimms is a sweet, refreshing alcoholic drink served with lemonade and fruit (strawberries, orange, cucumber, mint).
          It is the colour of cough medicine (although thinner in consistency!) and comes in a 1 litre bottle. Retails around £15 and is 25% alcohol.


          -Positives-

          I first had pimms as a relatively young adult at a wedding. It seems the chosen alternative to champagne or wine at a wedding. It is a great lazy, warm afternoon drink.

          Its sweet, heady fruity taste makes it a great accompaniment to meat dishes, great with Barbeque's as an alternative to cider!

          Pimms is a great social drink, you can make a big jug of pimms simply and quickly and share with friends.

          Pimms has the reputation of being quite 'posh' I think, and a great ladylike drink instead of cider. It still has the alcoholic kick which is great.

          I think pimms is really a unique drink, I suppose it could be somewhat similar to Sangria but with more of a honey-ness in the taste too.
          The fruit added gives added enjoyment and I love eating the pimms-soaked strawberries at the end!

          Pimms is also a very 'attractive' looking drink in the glass, with the amber like colour sparkling in the sun and the colour of the fruits, if asthetics is important, this is the drink to go for.

          This drink is very versatile, I have heard it used as a shot as well as with lemonade or tonic water.

          The product is produced in Great Britain, great for the moral conscience i.e. food miles, production in this country, its all good!

          -Negatives-

          Pimms is a 'secret' recipe, so the labels contain no information on the ingredients. For those with intolerances/requirements etc. this might not be great.

          The 1l bottle might be a bit cumbersome for some people.

          Quite pricey.

          Need lemonade at the least, and fruit. Added ingredients and preparation- may be just too fiddly for the ''oour and go'' types!

          -Conclusion-

          Great summer drink. Slightly pricey but great taste ad look.

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          27.05.2010 21:31
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          Perfect bbq drink

          As we've recently had our summer for the year (all of three days of nice weather over last weekend) I decided it was bbq time, so we got in the meat, a couple of beers and something a little stronger (as it would have been rude not to), that something was Pimms.

          I'd never had it before but had seen the adverts and had always wondered what it was like. From the adverts (and it turns out the back of the bottle) I knew that for best results you not only mix 1 part pimms to 3 parts lemonade but also add various fruits like a british sangria. We chose to add apples, wild mint from the garden and cucumber. Making up the jug a few hours before serving to let the flavours all meld together.

          After the nice cold beers it was time to serve the pimms. The first taste I was struck by was the cumber of cu, In fact I was quite suprised by how much flavour had leached out from the cucumber. The taste of the actual pimms is a bit hard to describe, it's got a sort of sherry flavour but is different enough to be quite unique. It really is a perfect summers drink, and at 25% and the dilution of lemonade it is a nice gentle drink perfect for after beers (rather than a whiskey or vodka that will just get you totally sparko). The mint was lovely to eat after the drink was drunk as it had absorbed plenty of pimms taste, mmmm....

          Pimms is fairly expensive though, I bought a 70cl bottle for £11.50 in sainsburys but that was down from around £15, which is a bit much. I probably wouldn't say it was worth it to pay the full price but if you can find a good deal for around a tenner then it's light fruitiness mixed with easy drinkability make Pimms a worthwhile summer treat.

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          12.04.2010 11:08
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          Traditional British summertime drink

          With the start of the warm sunny weather thought's turn to bbq's and afternoons spent in the garden enjoying the sun. What better to drink in the summer than a pimms with lemonade?

          Pimms no 1 has been around since the 1800's enjoying its hay day in the 1970's but became less popular in the 90's as people began to think of it as old fashioned. When Diego the company who now own the pimms brand decided to update its image with a marketing campaign based on the 'it's pimms o'clock' slogan a new generation discovered this delicious drink and it's now become synonymous with the British summer.

          The taste itself is a spicy fruity infusion of gin and the traditional way to drink it is with lemonade and a cocktail of chopped fruit such as apples, oranges, strwberries and mint. This makes it really sweet and refreshing.
          It also makes a fantastic base for cocktails and the possibilities of what to mix it with are endless but a popular one is pimms mixed with champagne.

          You can buy a 1tr bottle for around 19 pounds and a 700 ml bottle is also available. The alcohol content is 25% so less than vodka and gin but still quite potent especially as when mixed with lemonade it can taste like you are drinking a non alcoholic cocktail!
          250 ml cans of pimms pre mixed with lemonade are also available which are perfect for keeping in the fridge for hot summer days when friends unexpectedly show up.

          Ok so it may be a be a little twee but nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a glass of pimms no 1 with lemonade.

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            06.03.2010 01:28
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            A refreshing drink for lazy summer afternoons.

            I'm normally a beer drinker but on the side I'm also a secret Pimms No 1 drinker. I don't suppose it's thought of as a 'manly' drink, well not like whisky or brandy is but I like it. Around late April time, just as the weather (hopefully) starts to pick up and I get the feeling summer (hopefully) is on its way, I start to crave Pimms. To me, it's like summer in a bottle. It reminds me of sunny afternoons sleeping in the garden and lazy weekend barbeques. It's full of promise for what could be an amazing summer. Contrary to popular stereotyping, I've never been to see the tennis at Wimbledon, nor have I watched the Henley Regatta and I don't think I've ever uttered the words spiffing, tally ho or toodle pip. No, I'm just an oik with drink ideas above my station.

            Pimms was produced by James Pimm in 1823 where the gin based drink was offered as a 'digestion tonic'. The drink is alleged to have a closely guarded recipe, so who knows what's really in it. The Pimm's look hasn't changed much over the years, they have kept it pretty simple with the Pimm's logo remaining prominent on the bottle. The colour of the drink is a dark brown 'builders strength' cold tea like colour. Take a whiff from the bottle and it smells fruity, rich, spicy and aromatic.

            If I'm feeling in a summery mood and fancy a full on boozy fruit salad I follow the classic recipe for Pimms which is to mix 1 part Pimms (although I like to go a bit heavier on the Pimms) to 2 parts of iced cold lemonade and then chop up mint, cucumber, orange and strawberry. Whack it all in a jug, add some ice and serve it in a tall glass. The addition of the lemonade makes the drink super sweet (so sweet you forget you are drinking alcohol) and refreshing and makes the Pimms far more subtle tasting, whilst the fruit brings out the spiciness of the drink. If I can't be bothered and want to keep it simple I just use some ginger beer instead of the lemonade and omit the cucumber, orange and strawberry and just add slices of lemon instead. This takes some of the sweetness away and the ginger is more of match for the gin based Pimms, it also makes the drink even spicier, whilst the lemon gives it a tang in its tale. If you fancy getting 'Pimmed up' its 1 part Pimms and 1 part vodka to 2 parts lemonade (though I wouldn't encourage this kind of drinking of course).

            Supermarkets have now cottoned on to the popularity of this very English tradition and have come up with their own weakened down brand versions. Tesco's version aptly named 'Jeeves' is less than half the price but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it, "Jeeves anyone?" Because I don't like to sniff at a bargain I've tried a few and haven't been overly impressed, though Aldi's 'Austins' is one of the better ones. The orginal Pimms comes in a 70cl Bottle and has a 25% vol, it will set you back around £15.00. As would be expected its widely available in the summertime, though you can get a 'Winter Pimms'. You can also get Pimms ready mixed in a 250ml can, handy for picnics but at 5.4% vol it's stronger than your average can of lager or bitter.

            Now how long do I have to wait until it is Pimms 0'clock :O)

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              03.09.2009 14:29
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              Lovely on a sunny day.

              What is Pimm's Gin Cup No 1

              Pimm's No 1 is a gin-based drink made in England from dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices, and spices. It is golden brown in colour and when Served with lemon soda or ginger ale, it becomes a Pimm's Cup.

              It was created in the mid-18th century by an English oyster bar owner James Pimm.

              Taste

              It tastes fruity and spicy and goes especially well with strawberries, soda, fresh mint, orange slices and lots of ice. In the original recipe cucumbers are added but I prefer it without (or just a small amount, a couple of slices). The fruit seems to bring out the taste of the Pimms.

              When to drink Pimms

              A lovely sunny summers day or just having guests round for a drink you don't really need to make an excuse to make an ice cold pitcher of Pimm's Cup, although it does taste better on a sunny day or when shared with a friends for some reason.

              How To Make Pimms Cup

              Pimms cup is the traditional English cocktail of Pimm's No. 1 liquor, bitter lemon soda, strawberries, fresh mint, cucumbers and orange slices. The best part of a Pimms cup I think is eating the fruit which has soaked up all the booze it tastes delicious.

              Makes one pitcher, or four large cocktails

              1 clear glass pitcher and 4 tall clear glass cocktail glasses (it looks nicer in clear glass because you can see the fruit)
              1 cup Pimm's No. 1
              1 large bottle of bitter lemon soda
              Splash of London Dry gin
              1 medium cucumber.
              1 large punnet of Strawberries
              2 oranges
              About ten sprigs of fresh mint
              Lots of crushed ice (I bash it with a wooden rolling pin to crush it)

              1. Peel wash and prepare fruit ( you can put as much or as little of of each fruit as you like I'm not keen on cucumber in this so I put less cucumber in (usually just a couple of slices) and add more strawberries).

              2. Add the fruit to glass pitcher jug.

              3. Add crushed ice, soda, gin, Pimm's and mint to glass pitcher.

              4. Drink Pimm's Cup then eat all the fruit

              Address and price of Pimms Gin Cup No 1

              About £16 english pounds for a 1 litre bottle.

              $24.99 for a 750ml bottle in USA-Grand Wine Cellar.

              Pimm's Spirit Drinks
              Office 30
              78 Marylebone High Street
              London
              W1U 5AP

              UK Consumer Care email: response@pimmsinfo.com

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                01.09.2009 16:25
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                Classic summer drink but a bit of a faff

                Am just coming to the end of my bottle of Pimms No.1 - which must mean summer is almost over! I wonder how many bottles they sell of this drink in the winter months? For me it is the perfect drink for summer afternoons in the garden with friends when I make a jug up with plenty of ice, 1 part pimms to 3 parts lemonade, and some chopped up mint, strawberries, slices of orange and cucumber floating in it.

                Its a gin based drink although I don't think you have to be a gin fan to appreciate it; in fact the biggest danger of Pimm's is that it doesn't taste very alcoholic at all when mixed with lemonade; however it is 25% proof so go easy. The bottle I have got is a litre which when mixed correctly will make 20 servings - or at least 3 jugs worth - which makes it not bad value - if you forget about all the fruit you've chopped up to go in it.

                As well as summer barbeques with friends I like being served this drink at weddings, fetes etc. I have once or twice ordered it in a pub but without the fruit & lots of ice it is a miserable looking drink and I haven't enjoyed it half as much.

                The bottle is a classic design and states that this mixer has been made to a secret recipe since 1840 so I can't tell you what's in it but highly recommend as a special summer drink.

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                  A really refreshing summer tipple

                  Pimm's is stereotypically the drink of Oxford and Cambridge students, an upper class tipple that evokes thoughts of punting and croquet. That is the traditional idea. Nowadays, Pimm's is a fashionable and popular drink, amongst students and adults alike. It can be enjoyed as a simple summer BBQ tipple with a dash of lemonade and lots of ice, or as a more interesting and exciting cocktail....how about a Turbo Pimm's with lemonade and gin? If in doubt, add lots of fruit to the gin based spirit, and as a nice little idea, a slice of cucumber goes down a treat. Although Pimm's has quite an acquired taste and to some it isn't at all a tipple of choice, it is a wonderfully refreshing drink for the summer - it is light, easy on the pallete and can be mixed with a variety of different ingredients to create a number of fanastic aperitifs!

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                  23.07.2009 13:38
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                  The best thing about summer

                  There's no doubt about it - Pimms is the quintessential summer drink of choice in the UK. Largely associated in the past with Wimbledon, it is good to see that a variety of pubs are not only selling Pimms, but are actively promoting it. In Wetherspoons for example a pitcher will cost you just £5.95 in most places outside of London

                  The traditional way of serving it is with lemondade ice, cucumber, mint and orange slices. The cucumber, in particular, adds a certain freshness to the drink which is somewhat surprising but ever so nice.

                  Pimms itself is originated from gin, which surprised me as I absolutely loathe and detest gin, but love this.

                  You can also use Pimms in some summer cooking. It can be used to marinate summer fruits such as strawberries and raspberries which can then be eaten on their own or but on top of a pavlova. It can also be drizzled onto Summer Pudding and allowed to sink into the bread. I have a recipe for Pimms jelly which I am really hoping to be able to try at my next barbeque.

                  Another good thing about Pimms is that it is lovely and light and with the mixer is watered down enough so that you can drink it all afternoon without getting either wrecked or sleepy - you can also justify the drinkage of it by saying there's a fruit portion in it - if you are so inclined/dishonest.

                  It is possible to get ready mixed cans of Pimms and Lemonade in supermarkets now, which I guess would be ideal if you were drinking at home and didn't want to get a whole bottle or to make your own pitchers.

                  There are a lot of imitation versions around now, I know that Aldi has one and Tesco sells one called Jeeves. These retail for around a fiver, half the price of the original and are absolutely fine but just don't have the richness of the original.

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                    a spiffing light alcholic drink that doesnt leave a horrid taste in your mouth...

                    Pimms 'Oclock!
                    Anyone for a light summer beverage?

                    Just imagine it, Hot weather, freinds and family, maybe the odd summer fate and a jug of Pimms and lemonade with fruits and sometimes veg... Yes, Veg.

                    There's nothing better than enjoying a nice glass or two in the sunshine, or even as the sun is going down! Oh sod it... Enjoy it at anytime of the day! This is the only spirit drink that i could happily drink all day- as it's refreshing, light and it doesn't get you drunk- well. I've drank LOTS of it before and i never got anywhere. Probably down to the fact that you have to add 3 parts lemonade to the one part Pimms in order to release that great flavour.

                    Another great thing about this drink is that it is reflected as a posh, upperclass beverage- well... I'm as common as muck and enjoy it better than a brew on the odd occasion. I enjoy a good few glasses of Pimms and feel that it always reminds me of the summertime; perfect with bbq's and on the beach, or in the park... Not in a Chavvy way (No offence.), In a picnic with the family and friends way.

                    The taste is no where near overpowering as a lot of spirit drinks can be, such as; Vodka, Whisky and Gin. Well, what can i say! Pimms encourages healthy eating! Utter Bullshit, you maybe saying. Howevr, i cannot remember a time where i have had Pimms without fruit or Veg (I'm not weird honest, by the veg i am meaning cucumber...[if it is a veg?!?! :S]). Pimms goes down a treat and is extremely popular in hot weather; I work in a pub, i know.

                    Altogether it tastes great! Smells Yummy! And is expensive; that's the only downer. But believe me- it's worth the pennies!

                    Happy Pimming!

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                      06.06.2009 19:35
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                      A summertime favourite

                      What is basically a summer punch mix, this can be added to a mixture of orange juice and lemonade, ice cubes and sliced fruit to create the most British summer tipple imaginable. the fruity, almost plummy taste is one that pleases many, and at around £12 for a large bottle this is the perfect choice for hosts of summer garden parties or barbecues.
                      A moderately alcoholic long drink, Pimms was the drink that friends parents encouraged us to try in our "discovering drinking" age, as a sweet and fruity summertime drink that is more a cocktail than a mixer. A a result, this is still a summertime favourite for sitting in the garden and soaking up the sun. It can often be seen as an old fashioned and outdated drink, but though this drink has been a cult classic for many years there is no reason for change. The ultimate lazy summer afternoon in the garden drink.

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                        Pimm's in a can!

                        Pimm's o'clock!!

                        Ahh, nothing sums up a great British summer like a Pimm's. Considering we haven't had much of a summer I haven't had too many Pimm's this year but as the weather was nice on Saturday we decided to partake.

                        Pimm's is an alcoholic beverage which is generally served with lemonade. The Pimm's itself is actually a dark tea colour and looks kind of like a syrup to me. It is quite sticky and sweet which is why I believe it has to be mixed to taste good. The recipe is actually a secret but we do know that it is a gin based beverage. In order to make a Pimm's cup you then mix the original liquid with lemonade (you decide on the strength, guidelines say 1 part Pimm's to three parts lemonade but it is all up to your palate).

                        You then add fruit such as orange, lemon and strawberry's and also some mint leaves and cucumber. I would say Pimm's has quite a spicy flavour to it but because of the fruit quite a sweet taste to it as well. I think this is what makes it a nice summer drink as it has the fruit in it.

                        Pimm's was actually first produced as far back as 1823 by a gentleman called James Pimm. He actually sold it in his oyster bars as a digestion aid. It was served in small tankards known as a No 1 Cup, hence why it is called that now.

                        Pimm's is often viewed as quite a posh drink which I suppose it is as it is sold at events such as Wimbledon, Henley and the Glyndebourne opera, giving it more of an upper class clientele.
                        We decided to cheat at the weekend and bought the ready mixed Pimm's in little cans. It was still the proper product but they market it as the ready to drink product, perfect with picnics and barbeques. The product has already been mixed with the lemonade and is served in the can. The drink therefore is fizzy already. The cans are 250ml each, just like the size of a red bull can if you can imagine that. I bought a 4 pack of the cans at Sainsburys and it was £5.99. The great thing about this is you can stick them in the fridge because of the size and then the drinks are always nice and cool when you want them. It's handy because you never know when friends might stop by and you can have drink on standby instead of perhaps having the bottle of Pimm's but no lemonade for example. I suppose it is quite an expensive way of doing it but every now and again as a treat it's really handy.

                        The can itself is a red colour, the same colour as on the large glass bottles of Pimm's with the name on them. They are quite strong!! They were a little bit too strong for me, I generally like them with a bit more lemonade but saying that once you started mixing them with the fruit it does have a lovely flavour. I would say these are just as good and fresh as if you poured it and mixed it yourself.

                        The amount of alcohol is quite high too. One can contains 5.4% by volume. The calories are actually not too bad. One can contains 85 calories. The amounts are shown per 100ml (34 calories) so if you have a whole 250ml can its 85 calories.
                        All in all I was pleasantly surprised with these little cans and I would definitely buy them again.

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                        "James Pimm opened his first Oyster Bar in the City of London in the 1840's and supplied Londoners with good food and a unique drink which became famous as Pimm's No.1 cup. Pimm's is still made to the original recipe which remains a closely guarded secret known only to six people. Today the refreshing taste of Pimm's is appreciated throughout the world. Pimm's is a brand of alcoholic beverages now owned by Diageo. Its most popular product is Pimm's №1, a gin-based beverage that can be served both on ice or in cocktails. The recipe of Pimm's №1 is secret; it has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, and tastes subtly of spice and citrus fruit. A close approximation to Pimm's №1 can be prepared by mixing one measure of gin with one Orange Curacao and one red Vermouth."