What do you think about a summer cocktail to go with my summer pie, Pimm’s cup anyone? I know, I know, this is not supposed to be a drink blog, and I am not a bartender… But just for today, can we pretend I’m a cool bartender with tattoos on my forearms, twirling bottles in the air, serving up awesome drinks? And ignore the fact that I have a terrible tolerance for alcohol. (I may even be allergic.)
I’m just a little bit obsessed with Pimm’s No. 1 right now since picking up a bottle last week. It is my favorite drink ever! For some miracles, my body tolerates it, and I don’t break out or get a bad reaction as with other type of alcohol.
The first time I had a Pimm’s cup was at Harvelle’s, a really cool Jazz club in Long Beach. They made their Pimm’s cup with ginger beer, which was delicious but a bit too strong for me. Since then, I’ve have many different versions in many different places. But the flavor of Pimm’s No. 1 is unmistakable, spicy and herbal.
My friend who used to live in South Africa told me that in the summer they would make jugs full of Pimm’s and lemonade garnished with strawberries, cucumbers and lemons. It sounds like the go-to drink of summer, and it truly is! Not too sweet, super refreshing, and filled with fruits in pretty colors. Just imagine sipping a Pimm’s cup by the pool in your back yard while your guy is barbecuing up some steaks and zucchinis. I think I can live with that…
I made two versions of this, one with lemonade and one with ginger ale. The lemonade version is fruitier and the ginger ale version is more herbal. Both are equally delicious!
- 2 oz Pimm’s No. 1
- 6 oz ginger ale or lemonade
- Cucumber, orange, strawberry slices
- Fill half a tall glass with ice cubes.
- Add cucumber, strawberry and orange slices.
- Pour in 2 oz of Pimm’s No. 1, top off with ginger ale or lemonade.
- Mix, sip and repeat.
- For a fruitier drink, use lemonade. For a more herbal drink, use ginger ale.