Right after college I spent six months living and working in London. I fell in love with the city and still think it's where I belong - if only I could move all my friends and family there with me! I first arrived in London at the beginning of one of the hottest summers the city had ever recorded. During that steamy summer, I quickly learned that a Pimm's Cup cocktail was essential at any and all outdoor events - it's the quintessential summertime drink in England. There is nothing even to compare it to in the states, because there is no one drink all of us rally behind as hard as the Brits enjoy a summer Pimm's cup. Pimm's goes hand in hand with any al fresco imbibing, whether drinking on the street outside of a pub, in your garden or at picnics in the park. It's wonderfully legal to drink in parks in London, so people bring pitchers to share amongst their friends. If this sounds all too lovely, it is. It's something I miss and crave here in Brooklyn and I have a ticket from the Prospect Park police to prove it.
The best part about making a pitcher of Pimm's is how easy it is. So simple you can easily mix it right there in the park. All you do is mix together 3 parts British lemonade (or Sprite/7-UP here in the states) to 1 part Pimm's. Throw in fruit like lemon or oranges, strawberries and cucumber with mint and you're ready to celebrate summer like the Brits. Some people use ginger-ale instead of Sprite, but I prefer the sweeter lemon-lime soda.
Like our other recent cocktails, Lilet on Ice and Aperol Spritz, Pimm's is low in alcohol and perfect for day drinking, but unlike those cocktails, you don't have to daintily sip a Pimm's Cup. It's a thirst quencher- drink it like a refreshing iced tea...only spiked.
Get a printable recipe card here.