Who is excited for the royal wedding? Mer and I have it DVRed and have cleared plenty of space from our normally almost full DVR so we don’t miss a minute of the action–all 4 hours of it! In honor of the royal wedding, I thought I would post a royal wedding cocktail!
Meredith actually lived in London for a year (and also studied abroad there) and so she loves to drink Pimms. Have you guys ever had it? It is a sweet drink that was actually first produced as an aid to digestion.
But nowadays…..Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is based on gin and can be served both on ice or in cocktails. It has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, and tastes subtly of spice and citrus fruit. It is often taken with “English-style” (clear and carbonated) lemonade, as well as various chopped fresh ingredients, particularly apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberry, and mint. Pimm’s is also mixed with champagne (or a sparkling white wine), called a “Pimm’s Royal Cup”. It is 25% alcohol by volume. All you ever wanted to know about Pimms!
According to Mer, the best way to drink Pimm’s is to combine:
2 oz of Pimm’s No. 1
3 oz lemonade (make sure it is sparkling–Trader Joe’s sells a good sparkling lemonade which is also perfect in a Katie–a different but equally delicious drink famous in Australia)
lemon twist for garnish
cucumber slice or peel for garnish (use lots to make it prettier)
I think the directions are pretty self explanatory. Combine all liquid, add cuc’s/lemons for garnish, drink, repeat.
Some variations are:
Pimm’s Rangoon: Substitute ginger ale for the soda.
Pimm’s Royal: Substitute Champagne for the soda.
The first time I tried Pimm’s I didn’t love it because it is pretty sweet. As a rule, I avoid sweet drinks because I already get pretty bad migraines when I consume alcohol, so drinking a sweet sugary drink is like a double whammy headache (which is not fun as you might imagine). But, I tried it again and tried not to be biased based on my own sugary drink wariness, and it is really delicious! It would be a great refreshing drink for summer nights–especially with the addition of the cucumber.
Since this is a British drink, I figured I should do a little research into where Pimm’s can actually be found. You can either
1. Fly to England and buy some
2. Look for it at liquor stores (not grocery stores but places like Binny’s, Sam’s, etc) in bigger cities.
Anddddd….that’s it! So you small town folk are out of luck, sorry. Bet you wish I had a better answer than that huh?
Now if you will excuse me, I am off to drink a big glass of Pimm’s. I was just chilling it in my William and Kate refrigerator while writing this post.
Wondering why there has been no mention of Loop yet? That is a post of it’s own, coming soon.