Drinks from the Vault #1 – Hayman’s Fruit Cup

Occasionally I come across a discontinued or obscure product that is of such interest I feel compelled to write about it, these article will be part of a new series called “Drinks from The Vault”.
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Recently, there has been lots of interest in fruit cups, Pimm’s and its alternatives, whether it is from boutique gin brands bringing out their own brands, folks experimenting with different spirit bases, or folks wanting to make their own. But today we take a brief step back in time, to look at the – now discontinued – Hayman’s No. 1 Fruit Cup.
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The now discontinued Hayman's No1 (Vodka) Fruit Mixer (Cup)

The now discontinued Hayman's No1 (Vodka) Fruit Mixer (Cup)

There was only one variety of Hayman’s Fruit Cup made and, most interestingly, it was vodka-based rather than gin-based (as almost every other Pimm’s alternative is). The product was discontinued nearly a decade ago and so has less to do with the direction of the company these days but as a Fruit Cup curio it is rather fascinating.
I found these bottles in a shop recently and so was delighted to buy a couple of bottles of Fruit Cup and Hayman’s history. Hayman’s serving suggestion is one part Hayman’s to three parts lemonade, plus a garnish of orange, apple, lemon and cucumber. Rather traditional, with no strawberry to be seen here – something that will no doubt please the Pro-Borage, Anti-Strawberry Pressure Group.

How does it taste?

Rather sippable. lighter then many fruit cups (gin-based ones) but Hayman’s has a stronger flavour than Pimm’s Vodka Cup and is more like what I would have expected Vodka Pimm’s to have tasted like before I tried it. The cup was fruity with a hint of spice and very refreshing.

In Conclusion

I thought that the Hayman’s No1 Cup was rather good and I’m pleased I purchased two bottles. What was most interesting was the fact that it was Vodka-based, but still a strong fresh flavour. If the interest in Fruit Cups continues or increases in the near future, who know some-one else might bring one out too. personally I’d like to someone make a pre-bottled Rum Fruit Cup.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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