Skip navigation

Tag Archives: cocktails

Day Three, Cocktail Four

One of the little gems that I came across about a year or so ago is Pimms #1.  I learned about Pimms and the Pimms Cup (more on the Pimms Cup in a later post) from a great book entitled “The Craft of the Cocktail” by Dale Degroff.  Pimms #1 was originally put together by James Pimm, the proprietor of a London oyster bar in the 1840’s.  His concoction was originally meant to be a digestive tonic and was based on gin flavored with various herbs, quinine and other, secret ingredients.  After the success of #1 James went on to create numbers 2 through 6, based on whiskey, brandy, rum, rye and vodka respectively.  Each was sold commercially, although all that is left today is #1, which can be found at most well stocked liquor stores.  But, I digress…

So, what does Pimms #1 taste like?  In the past I’ve described it as a cross between cola syrup and sloe gin.  As I’ve described this to others that have had it they’ve generally agreed.  It is 50 proof, so you can mix this on its own with ginger ale or lemon lime soda and have one or two more than your usual quota.

All of this is a long, roundabout way to get where I’m headed tonight.  I was out last night with my good friend and cocktail buddy Mark Stoffel.  When we got to the Hi Hat in Milwaukee’s Eastside he ordered up a couple of Pimms Marks.  This is a drink of his creation that combines rye (our new favorite of the moment), Pimms #1 and Luxardo maraschino liqueur (another favorite of the moment).  It was incredibly well balanced and delicious with multiple levels of flavor.  Well done Mark!

  Pimms Mark

  • 1-1/2 oz good rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Pimms #1
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 1 oz bar syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters


Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with cubed ice.  Shake “like hell” (as Mark says).  Serve in a well chilled cocktail glass with a lemon zest wedge.


Day Two, Cocktail Three
I’ve long been a James Bond fan.  I like both Sean Connery and Roger Moore in the role, although I have to admit that I do enjoy the style of the earlier Connery films.  The style, the women, the drinks…what’s not to like?  Of course, we all know that 007’s favorite drink is a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.  However, in Casino Royale he enjoys a Vesper.   I’ve created my own twist on the Vesper.  Called the Smokey Vesper, the small amount of scotch really adds just a hint of peaty smokiness to the drink. 
  The Smokey Vesper
  • 4 oz Luksusowa vodka
  • 1-1/2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz Cutty Sark scotch
  • 3-4 dashes Agnostura bitters


Add all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to chill and pour into chilled a chilled coupe. Garnish with olives. This recipe makes two cocktails (who wants to drink one of these babies alone?).  Mix a couple up, put your favorite Bond movie in and enjoy!


007 mixes one up