Danger! Danger! Pimm's Cup Ahead.

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches
It's really starting to feel a bit like summer and what better way to celebrate than with a Pimm's Cup. This drink gets its name pretty much from the name on the bottle: Pimms No. 1 which is a gin-based drink made with a secret blend of herbs, spices and citrus (apparently there are only 6 people who know the actual recipe). Mixed with lemonade and something fizzy, and it becomes the quintessential English drink of the summer: The Pimm's Cup.

Normally a Pimm's Cup isn't meant to be a dangerous drink as the liquor was actually developed as a health tonic and has only a moderate amount (25%) of alcohol. However, this weekend I must have been blinded by the sunshine and believed that this drink also included an equal amount of gin. Hooo-weeee! This drink, as I made it, is a true killer, so share with your friends and only have one or two or you'll be in some serious kind of pain tomorrow. If you want to skip the headache and want something to sip on all day long, then cut out the gin and stick with the original liquor instead.

Make this mix in a pitcher and garnish the glasses to the hilt. We're celebrating summer here, so live it up!

Killer Pimm's Cup
3 inch knob of ginger, minced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
4 slices of cucumber, cut in half
large handful of strawberries, roughly chopped
1 cup Pimm's No. 1
1 cup gin
ice cubes
garnishes of lime & lemon wheels, cucumber wheels and strawberries

In a serving pitcher, muddle the ginger and mint leaves together. Add in the cucumber and strawberries and top with the gin and Pimm's. Let sit for 30 minutes to let the flavours meld.

Pour about 2 ounces of the Pimm's mixture into each glass. Add ice cubes and top with an equal amount of gingerale and lemonade. Garnish glasses with fruit and cucumber. Serves 8 sensible adults.

Jan Halvarson


shellie said...

but it wouldnt be quite as much fun if there wasnt more gin...im just saying!

Anonymous said...

Oh geez, Pimm's Cup is one of my most favorite drinks in the entire world. SO refreshing on a hot, hot day.

Apothecary Fox said...

I have made Pimms for a crowd a few times recently as in the US it seems to be a novelty, but for me it is absolutely the drink of the summer, hence the phrase "Pimms O'clock". I love it mixed with some gin and sprite, and a dash of tonic to cut the sweetness. Delish!

Joanne said...

Never heard of a Pimm's cup before. Aren't there Pimm's cookies out there somewhere on a supermarket shelf? I'm curious, what does it taste like? fruity? spicy? bitter? sour?

kickpleat said...

Bijoux, they aren't sour - I'd say it's more of an herbal-fruity-vegetabley flavour. The cucumber is a standout in this drink.

sensiblecooking said...

It really is danger but can't think of any better way to beat the summer heat.