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Drink: Pimm’s liqueur
Spice Island Tea House
253 Atwood St., Oakland
Drink: Pimm’s Cup
Ingredients: Pimm’s No. 1, house-made ginger beer, mint, orange with orange, mint and cucumber garnishes
Our take: The delicate, warm flavors of the ginger beer are cooled by the cucumber and mint, which are particularly potent on the nose. Refreshing citrus from the orange adds depth to an otherwise mild and enjoyable cocktail.
3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Drink: Pimm’s (No. 2)
Ingredients: Pimm’s, cucumber, St. Germain, lemon, lime and maraschino cherry garnishes
Our take: This sweet, herbal and bubbly drink is basically an alcoholic soda. Lots of bubbles and a dry flavor profile keep it from being cloyingly sweet. The herbal aftertaste of the Pimm’s lingers after the finish while the bright notes of lemon and lime give the cocktail some tang.