I recently returned from a wonderful weekend in London, England (just before the terrible riots that rocked the city). My husband and I spent the week sightseeing, shopping, attending the theatre and, of course, eating and drinking. One of the drinks that is quite popular in London is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur that is often mixed with lemonade and soda.
Pimm’s is a quintessentially British drink; it’s enjoyed at Wimbledon and the Henley Royal Regatta and is popular in bars across Britain. We enjoyed a delicious cocktail made with Pimm’s, lemonade and fresh fruit while enjoying some tea sandwiches during a break from shopping at Harvey Nichols. It’s a wonderfully refreshing summer drink and can be served by the pitcher, making it a great choice for entertaining.
I was surprised to discover that Pimm’s No. 1 is readily available at LCBO stores in the Toronto area (unfortunately, I don’t know about other areas – ask at your local liquor store). You can usually find it with liqueurs or near the gin section. While cucumbers are a traditional garnish, you can use whatever fruit/berries are in season. At this time of year, blackberries and raspberries might be nice additions.
Makes about 5 or 6 tall drinks
- 1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) Pimm’s No. 1
- 3 cups (24 oz.) lemonade, homemade or store bought
- 1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) lemon-lime soda (ie. Sprite or 7-Up) or gingerale
- Mint leaves
- Sliced cucumbers
- Lemon wedges
- Orange wedges or favourite fruit/berries
- In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, lemonade and soda. Stir to combine
- Add ice and garnishes.
- Use a large spoon to control the garnishes and ice while pouring into tall glasses.
Cheers and Enjoy!
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