Summer is most certainly here in the District, with the humidity reaching that always expected but never appreciated level of uncomfortableness, causing all to seek shade on the regular and an ice cold beverage whenever possible!
Well look no further to quench your thirst and satisfy those adult beverage needs than the popular British cocktail Pimm’s Cup. A mainstay at Wimbledon and virtually every outdoor horse or polo event in England, the Pimm’s Cup get’s its signature taste and alcohol content from the British spirit Pimm’s No. 1, a liqueur produced from dry gin, fruit juices and spices.
A classic British Pimm’s Cup is said to be made of Pimm’s No.1 and lemonade, along with a bevy of fresh ingredients, including slices of orange, lemon and cucumber, fresh mint sprigs and even apple slices. Variations on the classic sub in lemon-lime soda or ginger ale for the lemonade, but through careful research and advice from British friends, I’ve been told that if you want to make this authentic, stick to the lemonade.
I had never made or had a Pimm’s Cup before, but always heard about how refreshing and delicious they were. Lucky for me, my amazing coworkers Stephanie is a HUGE fan of Kate Middleton, Prince William and the royal family, and as such, for Stephanie’s birthday this week, we threw her a birthday celebration fit for a royal!
Heavenly British desserts were served, Stephanie was appropriately attired in a gorgeous crown, and yours truly served up the perfect summertime cocktail Pimm’s Cup. Having been my first go at making the cocktail, I was a bit apprehensive, but when coworkers came up requesting seconds, I knew this one was a hit!
1 part Pimm’s No. 1 (chilled)
2 parts lemonade (chilled)
1 cucumber, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
pint strawberries, sliced
*I made individual servings for each, however you can also pour the Pimm’s and the lemonade into a pitcher and chill it in the freezer and then proceed with the beverage for a bit of easier assembly*
Fill a tall glass with a handful of ice cubs. Add in two slices of lemon, two slices of lime, slice or two of cucumber, some strawberry slices, a sprig of mint (rub between your fingers first before putting in to make more fragrant).
Pour in one part Pimm’s and two parts lemonade (I used a shorter glass to measure out this -half glass of Pimm’s, full glass of lemonade).
Using a second tall glass, carefully pour the entire mixture into the second tall glass, and then pour back into the original glass. Garnish with slices of lemon, orange and cucumber and add a tall straw.