Difford's Fruit Cup No.1 (gin based & Pimm's Cup-like)

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Collins glass
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259 calories

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Difford's Fruit Cup No.1 (gin based & Pimm's Cup-like) image

Serve in

Collins glass


Lemon, orange & strawberry slices, mint sprig & borage in drink

How to make:

POUR all ingredients into glass. Half fill glass with ice. Add a citrus slice and a couple of mint leaves from garnish before filling to brim with ice. Finish with rest of garnish.

1 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1 fl oz Orange Curaçao liqueur
1 fl oz Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
2 dash Angostura or other aromatic bitters
2 fl oz Thomas Henry Ginger Ale
2 fl oz Coca-Cola

Our comment:

This long refreshing fruity cocktail mimics the characteristics of a Pimm's Cup but with the punch and fullness of flavour reminiscent of distant decades when Pimm's No.1 carried a full 9% more alc./vol. than it does today. Predictably, my version is a good deal boozier. If you find too boozy for a summer's afternoon then knock each of the first 3 ingredients back a tad to (22.5ml / .75oz) and add a splash more of the last 2 ingredients.


Consider changing the base spirit in this recipe to produce the following:
No.2 with Scotch whisky

No.3 with cognac

No.4 with rum (light white or lightly aged)

No.5 with rye whiskey

No.6 with vodka

No.7 with tequila

No.8 with mezcal

No.9 with pisco

No.10 with cachaça

No.11 with old tom gin

No.12 with genever

No.13 with calvados

No.14 with well-aged rum

No.15 with bourbon whiskey

No.17 with Tennessee whiskey


Created in 2011 by yours truly (Simon Difford) in an attempt to improve on a Pimm's Cup.

See our Fruit Cups and Pimm's page for more information.

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