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Austins (Aldi Pimms) - what do people think?

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lilolilmanchester Thu 30-Jun-11 19:38:03

am having a big crowd round soon, and was going to serve Pimms.

MadLizzy mentioned on another that Aldi's version (Austins) was just as good but way cheaper. If you have tried it (and have also tried Pimms) would you let me know if a) you can't really tell the difference b) not the same but nice anyway c) really didn't like?

Given the amount I am likely to need,this would make a huge difference cost-wise but if a lot of people don't like it, will stick with Pimms and just buy less


IHeartIona Thu 30-Jun-11 20:45:34

I haven't tried Austins but Pimms was on special offer in Tesco when I was there on Wed, if that helps

lilolilmanchester Thu 30-Jun-11 21:43:31

thanks IHeart, also on offer in Costco but still way more expensive

MissFenella Thu 30-Jun-11 21:46:01

I've tried it and it was OK. Loads of mint cucumber and strawbs and quality lemonade and no one will know.

lilolilmanchester Thu 30-Jun-11 21:49:17

thanks MissFenella. I don't mind people knowing it's a cheaper version but I do mind if they really don't enjoy it!

DaisySteiner Thu 30-Jun-11 21:56:16

I think the taste of Pimms can vary so much depending on the lemonade, how much mint you put in , how strong you make it etc, that I don't think most people could tell the difference unless they've got them side by side. We usually buy Austins, it's absolutely fine IMO. I had Pimms at a friends last week and then Austin's with Aldi's cheap lemonade at the weekend and I actually preferred the Austins.

androbbob Thu 30-Jun-11 21:57:49

Ooh I saw this in Aldi last week and thought it was a fab price - the Pimms was either £12 or £10 depending where you went. I may get a bottle of this for me!

lilolilmanchester Thu 30-Jun-11 22:00:22

have got Schwepps lemonade (also on offer in Costco) - does that count as good quality lemonade?

lilolilmanchester Thu 30-Jun-11 22:00:52

meant to say, thanks Daisy

MissRead Thu 30-Jun-11 22:04:05

I can't tell the difference or if I can it's nice enough that I don't care! Definitely think that good lemonade and plenty of cucumber/strawberries/mint etc will only make it even better. For the price difference you really can't go wrong.

Tesco also do their own cheaper version, I think it's called Jeeves. Much the same story in fact it's probably Austin's in a different bottle!

MotherMucca Sat 02-Jul-11 21:34:06

I think it's excellent. Tastes very good.

Quaffing it as I type.


brightwell Sun 03-Jul-11 17:49:53

Pimms is £9 a litre in tyesco at the moment

Mabelface Sun 03-Jul-11 17:54:59

<<Slurp>> Shame I've gone teetotal just as it's the weather for Austin's.

ThisIsJustASagaNow Sun 03-Jul-11 17:58:11

I've not had it but Aldi are usually pretty good when it comes to their own version of food and drink.

Tbh though Pimms is usually so full of chopped up fruit and lemonade I can't really taste much else. I don't get the hypeconfused it's the 'kings new clothes' of the drinks world imho grin

notapizzaeater Sun 03-Jul-11 19:32:39

we have the Austons stuff and it tastes exactly the same smile

pinkytheshrinky Sun 03-Jul-11 19:42:19

I think it is more about he quality of the mixers and the fruit - lots of ice and fresh mint and no one will tell the difference

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 03-Jul-11 19:44:53

i had forgotten about this! we used to neck gallons of it as students - that and BallyCastle, the mock-baileys. you'd never spot the difference after six or seven of them.

smokinaces Sun 03-Jul-11 19:49:42

I think it actually tastes nicer - we went through two bottles of it the other week between 3 of us - lots of lemonade, strawberries, melon and cucumber in ours.

lilolilmanchester Mon 04-Jul-11 18:21:25

ok, thanks everyone. Will give the Aldi version a go. I'll drink it even if no-one else does!!

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