Thirsty Thursday: What’s a Pimm’s Cocktail?

This Thirsty Thursday, mix up your cocktail game with a drink that may not be too familiar: a Pimm’s Cup!

 

 

What’s a Pimm’s Cup?

A Pimm’s Cup cocktail originates in London in the 1820′s when James Pimm offered a gin-based tonic at his oyster bar to aid in digestion. The drink contained a secret mixture of liqueurs and herbs and to keep up with demand, Pimm began distilling it in mass quantities. Soon, Pimm’s No. 1 was frequently used in cocktails containing fruit and either ginger ale or lemonade. It has since been declared one of two official drinks of Wimbledon– the other being champagne– and has gained popularity among British universities. The Pimm’s cocktail is great for the summer because it’s light and refreshing and won’t leave you feeling woozy or overheated. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use up some summer produce!

 

Our Pimm’s Cocktail recipe (makes 2)

1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur

2 cups chilled lemon-lime soda

4 cucumber slices

2 orange slices

2 strawberries, sliced

ice

2 sprigs mint

 

Divide liqueur and soda between 2 tall glasses. Add cucumber, orange and strawberry slices, then ice. Garnish with mint.

 
 
 

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