If you’re a tennis fan or an anglophile then you already know that we’re currently enjoying the best fortnight of the entire summer. I’ve been watching as many matches as I can in between real life stuff and maybe even fantasizing a little about what it would be like to take in all the refined splendor in person. Now, nobody loves a theme more than I do (except maybe Annette who will be joining me to watch the Men’s Finals on Sunday) so I thought, in addition to the traditional Strawberries & Cream why not whip up some of Wimbledon’s official cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup?
The main ingredient in a Pimm’s Cup is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin based spirit with a fruity flavour, made from a secret recipe infusing gin with a delicate combination of herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and warm spices. Yum, right? Also it’s low in alcohol which makes it ideal for day drinking in the heat.
Originally blended in London by James Pimm as an aid to digesting oysters in 1840, Pimm’s went on to be sent to soldiers at the far edges of the Empire, be served at Queen Victoria’s lunches and ended up making its debut at Wimbledon in 1971. Nothing says summer in Britain quite like a Pimm’s Cup!
The traditional version of the cocktail is one part Pimm’s No. 1 and two parts lemonade, garnished with strawberries, cucumber and mint (not unlike a punch). What I learned doing my crack research was that in the UK, lemonade, in this context, apparently refers to a lemon/lime soda like Sprite. They also make a similiar version in New Orleans but with Sprite AND lemonade which…too much, pals. Anyway, I wasn’t too keen on the Sprite idea (too sweet) and I didn’t have any mint on hand, so here is my fresh take on the iconic Pimm’s Cup.
What you’ll need:
1 ounce Pimm’s No. 1
1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice
Ginger Beer (I like Fever-Tree here)
Fresh Strawberries (sliced)
- In a rock glass or stemless wine glass pour Pimm’s No. 1 and lemon juice over ice
- Stir gently
- Add sliced strawberries and a cucumber spear
- Top with Ginger Beer
- Garnish with basil, and another strawberry
This is a delightfully refreshing drink, as expected! The addition of Ginger Beer gives it a little bite and the Basil is, not surprisingly, delicious. I may enjoy one of these even once the Championship is over!