Pimm’s Chalice

In my ongoing quest to learn about and try all the most obscure and specific liqueurs from the 19th century, I decided to pick up a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1. I had no idea that James Pimm was just a British landlord who had in fact created 6 highly unique liqueurs over his lifetime and simply named them after himself in chronological succession: Number 1 through 6. Each had a unique flavor and was made with a different base alcohol. You can read more about the history and the most popular cocktail which is still made from Pimm’s No. 1, the Pimm’s Cup, or you can simply read on and try my bastardized version I call the Pimm’s Chalice, because honestly who drinks alcohol out of a cup? Also, this wonderful man deserves the drinking vessel of gods and kings rather than prisoners and infants.


I tried a few variations of Pimm’s eponymous cocktail the Pimm’s Cup, and it was delicious, but very summery and definitely low in alcohol, which I suppose makes sense for the summer because I could easily suck down 4 or 5 of them in an hour on a hot day. But it’s fucking cold outside now since it’s late fall, so I decided to make a more “internally warming” and heavier sweet cocktail with a hint of sour without losing the integrity (and ice) of the original Pimm’s Cup. My version is below – I’m sorry I didn’t photograph it in an actual chalice and I promise to post my version of the original Pimm’s Cup this summer:


  • 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1

  • 1 oz. Hangar One Mandarin Orange vodka or other orange infused vodka

  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed orange

  • ½ fresh squeezed lemon

  • ½ lemon infused simple syrup (check out this post on how to make it)

  • Peel from one lemon

  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice, squeeze lemon peels into shaker to capture essential oils, shake and pour over ice into a CHALICE (or old fashioned glass if you don’t have a chalice.)


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