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

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

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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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