Recipe Sleuth: Winter Pimm’s Cup from 2 Birds 1 Stone

A simple sip for the holidays, or everyday.
The classic summery Pimm’s Cup gets a wintery makeover for the holidays. Photograph by Anna Spiegel.

We love a refreshing Pimm’s Cup on warm afternoons, but it’s harder to imagine sipping the citrusy cocktail fireside. That is, until we sampled Adam Bernbach’s cold-weather version at his 14th Street cocktail den, 2 Birds 1 Stone, beneath Doi Moi. Gone are the cucumber slices and ginger ale float that typically accent the classic drink, replaced by more wintery flavors like cinnamon-infused Pimm’s (a type of British liqueur), spicy ginger beer, and a small dose of gin for added warmth.

Note that you’ll have to start one day ahead to infuse the Pimm’s with cinnamon, but like the classic cup, the rest is easy (and easy drinking).

Winter Pimm’s Cup

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz. Cinnamon-infused Pimm’s (see recipe below)
1 oz. Ford’s gin, or the more common Beefeater if it’s not available
4 oz. Spicy ginger beer, such as Blenheim brand
A mint sprig and lemon wheel to garnish

For the cinnamon-infused Pimm’s

3 Cinnamon sticks
1 Liter Pimm’s liqueur

Toast the cinnamon in a dry pan over medium heat for a few minutes, until the sticks become aromatic.

Break up the sticks, and soak them overnight in the Pimm’s. Remove the cinnamon.

Make the cocktail

Build the drink over ice in a Collins glass: add the Pimm’s and gin, and then top with the ginger beer. Give the drink a quick stir, and garnish with the mint sprig and lemon wheel.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.