Pull on a pair of plus-4s, bring out your boater and peddle your penny farthing; we’re going to party like it’s 1899.
Given the weather, it has been perpetual Pimm’s o’clock for about a fortnight now and it seems highly unlikely you’ve not guzzled your way though your first Pimm’s of the summer. But what you’ve almost certainly been sinking is Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, the fruity gin-based spirit concocted from a top-secret recipe infusing gin with a combo of herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices we all know and love. What you won’t have been downing is Pimm’s No. 6 Cup, because it died out in the 1900s. Until now, that is.
Established in 1840 by James Pimm, Pimm’s was originally designed to go along with oysters at Pimm’s string of city-based oyster bars. Creating a variety of different ‘cups’, Pimm added different ingredients to each recipe creating a range of very distinct drinks. The No. 6 Cup, created in 1864, apparently comes with a light crisp taste on the palate and a vibrant note of citrus fruit and freshly cut herbs, making it the ideal summer accompaniment.
Which is ideal, because Wright Brothers has partnered with Pimm’s No.6 and will be serving it paired exclusively with Oysters, exactly as originally intended. The restaurants, in Battersea, Spitalfields and Soho will reclaim this icon of summer, along with The Championships, Wimbledon, where it will be an official serve.
Anyone wanting to taste this bit of history can toddle down for a tipple down at any Wright Brothers restaurant over the summer. That or seek a wild card entry to Wimbledon 2018.
Wright Brothers: available at Wright Brothers Battersea, Spitalfields and Soho, www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk