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A drink invented by James Pimm, probably in 1823, to serve in his bar 'The City of London'. The original version 'No. 1', was gin based and soon became commercially manufactured. Other varieties 'No 2' (Scotch whisky-based), 'No 3' (brandy-based), 'No 4' (rum-based), 'No 5' (rye/bourbon-based) and 'No 6' (vodka-based) - followed during the 20th century. Only 'No 1' and a little 'No 6' are still made.

Lemonade, fresh fruit, sliced cucumber and borage/mint are added to a little of the spirit base to make a refreshing summer drink.

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