- 2 cups Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
- 2 Tangerines,split in to segments
- 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
- 1 Apple, cut in to thin slices
- 1 English cucumber, washed and sliced
- 4 cups Sprite or Ginger Ale
- 6 to 8 large sprigs mint
Fill a pitcher 1/4 full with ice. Add a layer of the Tangerine slices (I prefer these to oranges as they are sweeter), a few lemon and apple slices, some mint leaves and a layer of the cucumber slices. Repeat the layering process until pitcher is full. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite or Ginger Ale. Mix ingredients together with a long-handled spoon. Divide drink among tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.
We just had the Queens Jubilee so it seems fitting to stick with a British theme for drink of the week. This is probably my favorite drink from back home. I used to make it for friends and I to drink out on the lawn at my house on the few hot days of our chilly British summers! It is an extremely refreshing, strong and easy to make beverage; great for enjoying by the pool, or on picnics whilst watching the cricket (in England of course). The fruit options can be changed based on what you have at home or what’s in season, the above is the recipe I used to make mine with but you can throw raspberries or strawberries in the mix too. It all seems to work well, and ends up as a delicious fruit cocktail.
Pimms was first produced by James Pimm in 1823, an Englishman who became the owner of Oyster Bar in London, England. There are seven Pimm’s products, all of which are known as ‘fruit cups’ however only #1, #3 and #6 are still available. The essential difference between them is the base alcohol used to produce them. For the above recipe make sure you buy Pimms No 1 (it’s the most popular) because it has subtle spice and citrus flavors. It is a liquere based on gin and therefore works well with almost any fruits.
Hopefully you will enjoy this British classic as much as I do. Perfect for the coming summer months!