The Cocktail of Summer: Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup at Nick'sI’m feeling much better after being sick for almost a week. The only problem is now I have an extra liter of diet ginger ale in my refrigerator. My mom always gave me ginger ale and saltines when I was sick as a child so its my go to drink when I don’t feel well but now that I’m not sick, I’d rather not have the ginger ale in my apartment so I decided to have some friends over for cocktails this weekend to help me finish it up. Nick's in Laguna Beach

While in California we visited Nick’s in Laguna Beach. Our meal there was only ok despite Nick’s glowing Yelp review. However Nick’s made a solid Pimm’s Cup, my favorite cocktail which I see much too infrequently on cocktail lists.  I almost finished it before I remembered to take a picture. Oops.  While Nick’s food wasn’t superb, it has a great location and is a wonderful spot for observing the latest trends in plastic surgery. Ingredients for Pimm's CupSliced Fruit for Pimm's Cup

I was first introduced to Pimm’s Cup my very fun friend Garret. Garret’s from Texas so I associated the drink with Texas but Wikipedia notes that Pimm’s originated in the UK and is still quite popular there. I should have guessed Garret wasn’t hung up on sticking to regional Texas cuisine, he’s also the source of my favorite ceviche recipe.Now it just needs ginger ale

I only learned his recipe because I volunteered to help him and his buddies get ready for a big house party. Garret assigned me the duty of chopping fruit for the drinks. I assumed we were making sangria until I saw the cucumbers. After questioning Garret if cucumbers was really the right choice for sangria, he finally gave it up and informed me about his favorite cocktail: Pimm’s Cup. His description was very fitting  ”Its like fruit salad in a glass.” Pimm'sFor that party we made gallons of Pimm’s Cup but once the party got started it was gone much too quickly.  Its definitely a crowd pleaser that’s great on a summer afternoon in the backyard with friends.

Yesterday, my friends did a fabulous job of helping me finish off that extra ginger ale. We enjoyed one of the first warm sunny spring days on my roof top with beach chairs, cocktails, and a few gossip magazines. A throughly lovely afternoon.

Pimm's Cup close up

Pimm’s Cup (serves 4)

(Total time: 5 minutes)

  • Ice cubes
  • 8 strawberry slices
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 8 apple slices
  • 8 orange slices
  • 12 tablespoons Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
  • 2 cups chilled ginger ale (diet or regular)
  • 4 cucumber wedges
  • 4 fresh mint sprigs

Fill four 8- to 10-ounce glasses with ice cubes. Divide fruit among glasses. Pour in 3 tablespoons of Pimm’s Cup and fill the rest of the glass with soda. Garnish with cucumber and mint.

See the original recipe at Epicurious



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