Pimms Cup (or Sj Pimms & Lemonade)
- 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!
The Secret Garden Punch
Bottle Hendricks Gin (750ml)
350ml Fresh squeezed lime juice
400ml St.Germain Elderflower Liqueur
10 sprigs mint
1/2 Thin slices cucumber
1/2 bottle Prosecco (375ml)
Serve in a punch bowl over a large ice cube. Serves 15-20ppl
It’s memorial day here in the States so my lovely mixologist boyfriend Greg Bryson AKA FutureGreg decided to make another of his delicious punch recipes. We’re by the pool having a bbq with friends and family so he felt inspired to whip up this recipe and gave it a great name (based on its lush green foliage appearance).
It is so tasty, refreshing, sweet and strong. Great drink to sip on in the glorious sunshine…i’m certain i’ll be asking him to make it again over the summer.
Give it a try! It’s not hard to put together and you won’t be disappointed 🙂
Have a safe and fun Memorial day everyone!
Mint Julep (Jerry Thomas Recipe)
1 tbl Sugar
1 tbl Water
2 Sprigs of Mint
FIll with crushed ice. Serve in a Julep Cup
Garnish: Mint sprigs
The weather here in Los Angeles has been gorgeous this week and makes me feel the need to put up a nice Spring drink. The Kentucky Derby last Saturday had people drinking this all across the country, however most people think the original recipe uses Bourbon as the base.
The recipe above is from the classic book How to mix drinks by Jerry Thomas, published in 1862. The Whiskey recipe, as most bartenders know it today, is also listed in Thomas’ book however it comes under the title of a ‘Whiskey Julep’ instead. According to Jerry Thomas this is an American drink that was introduced to England by Captain Marryatt.
In my opinion this drink is like an ‘adult slushy’ due to the copious amounts of ice and how sweet and refreshing the drink is. It is a member of the ‘Smash’ family, which are a genre of drinks served over crushed ice and is supposed to be served in a julep cup (a metal cup made of silver or pewter), designed to keep the drink icy cold.
The picture Jerry Thomas drew of a julep in his book shows an extravagant garnish, which I believe to be an important part of the drink and makes every sip smell of minty freshness. A perfect choice for a hot sunny day.