It took a long time coming, but, summer is finally here! Yay!
In London we can’t fathom a warm summer’s day without the prospect of consuming a refreshing glass of Pimm’s…what’s that I hear you say? Well, it’s a gin based drink containing a secret blend of herbs & liqueurs. In the mid 1900’s a man called James Pimm a farmer’s son from Kent had an oyster restaurant in the City of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the drink which they called a tonic at the time as an aid to digestion which was served in a small ‘tankard’ known as a ‘No 1 Cup.’ The drink itself has a dark brown color with a reddish tint & has a subtle taste of spice & citrus. In England it’s typically mixed with clear carbonated lemonade (not the still kind that you find in US) chopped fruit like apples, citrus fruits & mint is added as a garnish in a chilled tall tumbler, or, you can substitute white wine or champagne for the lemonade.
Every year at the tennis championships at Wimbledon, pints & pints of Pimm’s are served up to spectators, making it officially THE beverage of the tennis tournaments…
So, we’re going to show you how to make a glass of refreshing Pimm’s for when you’re relaxing on your pool deck or just hanging out with friends on a warm summer day. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
P.S. If you’re unable to find clear carbonated lemonade like the type we have in the UK, we’re sure any lemonade will do just fine.