Vintage bottles dating back 40 years have been opened for a new cocktail menu at The Savoy’s American Bar that uses different releases of Pimm’s from the past.
Tying in with the start of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, an “extremely limited” number of drinks have been created with the Pimm’s expressions by head bartender Erik Lorincz.
It is the first time that The Savoy has opened bottles in its 40-year-old collection of Pimm’s which includes long-gone versions made with scotch whisky, brandy, rum and rye whiskey. They were sourced with supplier Speciality Drinks.
Today, the core Pimm’s No 1 is made with gin while, in May, brand owner Diageo brought back Pimm’s No 6 Vodka Cup which was originally introduced in 1964.
The vintage cocktails, costing £45 each and served in vintage glassware, all contain homemade lemonade and three to four drops of tinctures that Erik has created to draw out the unique flavours of the spirit base.
The tinctures all use calamus – a plant commonly known as sweet flag that can be found in bitters and herbal medicines.
The gin-based Pimm’s No 1 Cup is combined with Tincture No 1, made of Roman camomile and juniper. For the whisky-based Pimm’s No 2 Cup, Tincture No 2 is peppermint and cinnamon.
Pimm’s No 3 Cup has a Brandy Sling base which is combined with Tincture No 3 of Japanese green tea sencha and star anise. The rum-based Pimm’s No 4 Cup comes with Tincture No 4 of cinnamon and coffee. Pimm’s No 5 Cup, with a Rye Sling base, is mixed with Tincture No 5 of peppermint and cinnamon.