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Pimm’s Winter

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Although virtually impossible to find in North America (Diageo simply refuses to make it available here), Pimm’s Winter is the seasonal cousin to the classic — and more well known — Pimm’s No. 1.

Unlike Pimm’s No. 1, which is based on gin, Pimm’s Winter (formerly known as Pimm’s No. 3) is based on brandy and is infused with a spicy, predominantly citrus blend of flavors. Served warm with apple juice, it’s just the thing to take the chill off a wintery day. My recipe:

» 1 parts Pimm’s Winter
» 3 parts clear apple juice (preferably fuji)

Heat gently until warm and garnish with slices of apples and oranges. Using the teapot with knit cozy is optional, but highly encouraged.

So where can you buy it? I get it online here and have it shipped.

Sloe Gin Fizz

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Infused with sloe berries (a relative of the plum), sloe gin is a delightful summer treat. Porch perfect, the following is the classic Sloe Gin Fizz, courtesy of Dale DeGroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail”:

» 1 oz sloe gin (we enjoyed Gordon’s)
» 1 oz plain gin (we suggest Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray 10)
» 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
» 1 oz simple syrup
» 3 to 4 oz soda water or seltzer

Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

But as much as I appreciate this original recipe, it’s way easier to just substitute the lemon, syrup, and seltzer for San Pellegrino Limonata soda instead. It makes for a similarly refreshing beverage and is much more conducive to serving a thirsty crowd quickly.

There’s also an alternate Sloe Gin cocktail that you sometimes come across, the Sloe 75. It’s made with champagne and is horribly bland…definitely avoid when possible.