Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Cocktail of the Month - Pimm's Punch
It is my pleasure to introduce to you what we in the Gutsy Family are now referring to as British sangria. If you are already familiar with this concoction, you may indeed be wondering why it has taken me so long to discover it. But now that I know of it (thanks to my sister-in-law Heather), Pimm's seems as ubiquitous as my other summer favorite, the gin & tonic.
Pimm's is indeed a marvel of pure summer yumminess, and it goes down as easily as iced tea. There are hundreds of variations of the cocktail recipe online, and from my limited research and, um, field testing, I would say the lemon and the cucumber are not optional. Beyond that, it's just tweaking.
So, without further ado, I present for your summer enjoyment...
Pimm's Punch (It's not just for Henley anymore)
Pimm's No. 1 Cup
Ginger ale (or British-style "lemonade," i.e. a not-so-sweet, lemon-flavored carbonated beverage)
Cucumbers, sliced (we used chunks)
Oranges, sliced (we used clementines)
Mint leaves, chopped up a bit
Into a glass or pitcher, place one part Pimm's to two parts ginger ale. (For the pitcher pictured above I used 1 c. Pimm's and 2 c. ginger ale.) Chop up the assorted produce and add to pitcher with copious amounts of ice. Goes just as well with a fancy Wimbledon-watching gathering as it does with a casual backyard barbecue.
I recommend if for the post-pool "what shall we have for dinner" summer cocktail hour, which for me is evocative of sun hats, flip flops, browned limbs, and my favorite Spanish proverb:
What a marvelous thing it is
to do nothing
and then rest afterwards.
Here's to you!
ps: The very simplest version of this cocktail is also mighty fine, so do not feel you need to have all the fresh produce on hand to make it work. Simply put 2 oz of Pimm's in the bottom of your glass, fill with ice, then fill with ginger ale. Squeeze a wedge of lemon over the top, and swizzle it with your finger. Enjoy.