Drinks

Pimm’s Cup, anyone?

For whatever reason, the majority of chick literature I’ve read is set in England where the women seem to drink two things regularly: tea and Pimm’s No. 1. So what’s the deal with this Pimm’s No. 1? I wondered. Is it light like a vodka or dark like a whiskey? Is is sweet like a Moscato or more bitter like other international aperitifs? And what the hell is a Pimm’s Cup? Well folks, with the weather warming up, it’s high time to get to the bottom of this spirit and say cheer’s as the British do!

 

 

 

 

Pimms

The Facts:

  • Pimm’s No. 1 has been around since the 1820s when London fishmonger and bar owner James Pimm created it as an oyster chaser.
  • Only “six people” are rumored to know the family’s secret blend of gin, liqueurs and fruit extracts.
  • After No. 1 became popular, the company rolled out five more numbered Pimm’s varieties. Each with a different base spirit, like scotch or brandy.
  • Flavor profile: Spicy, bitter and sweet with a dominant herbaceous character and a hint of citrus.
  • Appearance: Reddish brownish in color similar to tea.
  • Illustration by Alan Witschonke

 

Now, on to the fun part: The cocktails!

Pimm's Cocktail Recipe

Get the recipe: Pimm’s Cocktail

 

While Pimm’s No. 1 can (and should) be enjoyed all year-long, most people tend to enjoy it most in the spring and summertime and I can see why!

  1. At only 25% alcohol by volume, this is the type of spirit you can drink all day without feeling–how do I put this lightly?–rundown.
  2. The combination of sweet, bitter and spicy continually refreshes your palate so you don’t get bored.
  3. You can make a (lazy) Pimm’s Cup in less than 30 seconds, unlike other more involved cocktails like mojitos or juleps which require muddling or sangrias which need time to infuse.

 

Traditionally, a Pimm’s Cup simply consists of one part Pimm’s and roughly three parts lemonade, lemon soda or ginger ale in a tall glass over ice with a slice of cucumber. While the classic–some may say lazy–version of the cocktail is delicious, I challenge you to take it up a notch and add other ingredients like cucumber, ginger, lemon, lime, orange, mint and strawberry. (This list could go on, but I’ll stop there.)

 

Even though this may be more work, you’ll find it’s worth the effort as each new ingredient reinvents the cocktail and gives you something to snack on afterwards–hello Pimm’s-infused cucumbers! For instance, in my personal favorite combination, muddled cucumber imparts a cooling and refreshing sensation, ginger adds a hit of natural spiciness and lemon brings in a necessary hint of acidity and brightness. So refreshing! However you choose to enjoy your Pimm’s Cup though, make sure to say “Cheers!” to “Pimm’s O’Clock!

 

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Mix Up Your Margaritas

 

Once, in a moment of utter confusion, I asked my friends “So, when is the Cinco de Mayo happening?” to which they responded with only laughter until I figured out what I said wrong. “I meant, the party, people. When is the Cinco de Mayo party happening?!” With the “fifth of May” quickly approaching, we’re doing a round up of margaritas for this day of celebration!

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While only a minor holiday in Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Americans widely observe the day by celebrating Mexican heritage and culture through parades, music, food and parties (like the aforementioned)! So what cocktail would be a better choice to cheers with than a margarita featuring Mexico’s very own homegrown spirit, tequila? Take a look at a few of our favorite recipes below.

 

Beer Margarita Recipes

Beer Margaritas

Hey, don’t knock it, ’til you’ve tried it! This refreshing margarita-beer hybrid is a great way to kick-off brunch and ease into a day of celebrating.

 

Jalapeno Margarita recipe

Jalapeno Margarita

Get hot! Spicy jalapeno simple (sugar) syrup gives this margarita its kick of heat. To save time or make this drink on the fly, muddle seeded jalapeno slices in the bottom of the glass before building the cocktail.

 

Sparkling Margarita Floats Recipe

Sparkling Margarita Floats

This blend of cocktail and dessert is the perfect way to finish your fiesta! Get creative and mix it up with different flavor combinations like tangerine or raspberry sherbet.

 

5 News Ideas for Margarita Rims

5 News Ideas for Margarita Rims

There’s more than one way to top your tequila! Experiment by pairing your margarita with different sweet, spicy and savory rims and you’ll never drink the same margarita twice!

 

 

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Bloody Good Bloody Marys

 

When I was younger, the idea of drinking tomato juice and alcohol, separately or together, seemed like some sort of method of torture. Somewhere along the way though–perhaps after a few college hangovers–I discovered how refreshing an ice cold, slap-you-in-the-face spicy and spiked tomato juice, also known as a Bloody Mary, can be.

 

 

Part of the fun when ordering a Bloody Mary is that everyone has their own special recipe or variation. From Mexican- to Asian- and Southern-inspired twists, you can find any variety of flavors in this boozy brunch staple. So whip up the original, first served at the St. Regis New York in 1934, then try four of our favorite variations from around the globe! Then, if you’re up for it, or still standing, make up your own version and share it with us in the comments!

Photograph by Jose Picayo

Get the recipes:

1. The Original Bloody Mary
Serve this on its own, or tweak to make the zesty twists like the ones below.

 

2. The Capitol Mary
This briny version–spiked with Old Bay Seasoning and clam juice–from the St. Regis Washington, D.C., tastes like an appetizer-cocktail combo!

 

3. The Bora Mary
The St. Regis Bora Bora adds a sweet and refreshing tropical twists: watermelon juice!

 

4. The Downhill Snapper
Served at the St. Regis Aspen, this springy, citrus-and-herb-spiked drink is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden.

 

5. The West Paces Mary
Pickled okra juice gives a Southern spin to this tangy take from the St. Regis Atlanta.