{British} Cocktail Hour

June 14th, 2011 § 1 comment

The mint growing on our balcony has taken kindly to its new home.

It’s thriving far more than the oregano that sits to its right, and its lovely aroma makes me wish the whole window box was filled with mint plants.  I must admit I was a bit sad to remove some of the leaves to make Pimm’s Lemonade this weekend, but the freshly picked mint made this fresh British cocktail all the more delicious.

I first tried Pimm’s Lemonade while staying with my friend Jacqui in the UK a few weeks ago.  It is a deliciously fresh summer cocktail that’s perfect for drinking in the sun or while barbecuing.

What is Pimm’s you ask? In the 1840’s, London oyster bar owner James Pimm invented this classic spirit using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs.  It was originally served as an aid to digestion, and soon the No. 1 Cup moniker was born.

Traditional Pimm’s No. 1 (Pimm’s Lemonade)

Take one slice of orange, lemon, apple*, cucumber per person and one sprig of mint and add to two parts lemonade (lemon/lime soda) to one part Pimms.

*Here I made a pitcher with four servings, and I used raspberries in place of orange and apple.  When Jacqui made Pimm’s Lemonade for me she used strawberries.  I guess what I’m saying is – anything goes!!

Cheers luvs!!! xxx

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