We were in the mood for a Pimm’s cocktail of some sort, and the Pimm’s and Bourbon recipe was a bit of an accident, a lucky one at that. I firmly believe in tasting and smelling all of the ingredients in a recipe by themselves so that you know exactly what flavors you’re adding to a recipe. If you don’t like the flavor, then you need a really good reason to be adding it to whatever it is you’re eating or drinking.
I had purchased the Pimm’s to make the same old Pimm’s Cup recipe that has been around since the 1800s. Took a little sip on its own and was pleasantly surprised at its spicy, herbal, flowery, citrus flavor and I knew it was going to be a good cocktail mixer. The flavors really would work well with Gin, but I wasn’t in a Gin sort of mood, but I knew I wanted a Pimm’s cocktail. So Bourbon it was, and now, this is one of my favorite Bourbon cocktails. A little Bourbon, Pimm’s, lemon and simple syrup over ice is all you need, for a bright, easy to drink cocktail, a nod to my British and American heritage, I give you my favorite Pimm’s cocktail, the Pimm’s and Bourbon.
Here’s my Pimm’s and Bourbon recipe:
Pimm’s and Bourbon
- Cocktail Shaker
- 4 Ounces Bourbon
- 4 Ounces Pimms No 1
- 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
- 1/2 Lemon Juice
- Lemon Slice
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice
- Shake approximately 40-50 times, you’ll feel the shaker get cold when it’s ready
- Pour over ice, garnish with lemon
Oh, and when they ask if you’d like a Pimm’s Cup, tell them yes, but skip all the fruit and just give me Pimm’s with a shot of Bourbon, you’ll be all the better for it!