Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pimm's Cup! Pimm's Cup! Pimm's Cup!

Let's have a Pimm's.

You guys. It is HOT. Like melt your face off hot. So hot that I'm watering the garden twice a day but the tomatoes are still all wilty. So hot that I'm actually considering a field trip to the mall, which I hate, just for the conditioned air. It's much too hot to think about real food; heat like this calls for a tipple that includes snacks.


Sarah posted a genius list of ways to stay cool today, and I would humbly submit this Pimm's Cup cocktail as number 18. Pimm's is a floral, gin based liqueur from England (Pimm's Cup is THE cocktail of Wimbledon) and the Pimm's Cup is pretty simple at it's core: one part Pimm's to 3 parts lemon lime soda. Then come the garnishes. Cucumber wedges are traditional, so are citrus fruits and mint, and I've seen raspberries and blackberries, too. No matter what else you include, the best part is eating the cucumber that's been soaking up bubbles, so don't skip that!

Pimm's Cup

for each cocktail:
2 ounces (1/4 cup) Pimm's
6 ounces (3/4 cup) Sprite or Seven Up
two sprigs of mint
one cucumber wedge
one or two orange slices

Put a mint sprig at the bottom of a glass and throw a few ice cubes on top. Pour in the Pimm's, then the soda. Garnish with cucumber wedge, orange slices and additional mint. Enjoy!

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