Olympics Countdown: Days – 0, Hours – 0, Minutes – 0
I’m so excited I’m just going to come out and admit I’m an Olympics Wh***. Yes, that “W” word is what you think it is. I stayed up until 1am last night watching two no-name teams play soccer. I normally don’t do soccer, unless I’m sitting on the sideline cheering on cute shirtless dudes. But it’s the Olympics and I break all my normal rules.
To celebrate I knew I had to post about Pimm’s Cocktail! Most Americans have never had it and/or aren’t familiar with it, but it’s the drink of Wimbledon and some say it’s the second most popular drink in Britain, behind tea.
What is Pimm’s cup? That’s a little boring and it’s Friday night (hello, Carne Asada!) so if you want to know specifics, head over to Wikipedia. Basically it’s gin mixed with special herbs. Rumor has it only 6 people know the recipe. I may not know the recipe, but I know tasty goodness when I suck it down. It’s very refreshing and perfect for the hot summer months.
This may be a pro or con, but the company took down the alcohol content from 40% to 25% a few years back so it’s a pretty mild gin compared to other hard alcohol.
My intent was to re-create the classic Pimm’s Cup I had in London (recipe here), but little did I know “lemonade” in London isn’t the “lemonade” we know here in the US. It’s more like a lemon-lime soda. We tasted a few and it all turned out too sweet, so we concocted our own recipe. For those keeping track, I no longer want to be a back-up dancer for Britney Spears (or N’ Sync) in my next life. I want to be a mixologist. My better half and I had a BLAST creating this cocktail. Of course, we ended up going with his recipe so we HAD to name it after him. You know I’d never hear the end of it if I didn’t.
Pimm’s #1 is a very common drink and will be carried at most liquor stores. It’s usually carried in the cordial aisle vs. the gin aisle. Don’t ask me why. I’m too tired to “Google It” right now.
Oh, and we used our Keurig machine to brew the tea for this bad boy. Worked perfectly.
- 1.5 oz Pimm’s Cocktail
- 3 oz Black Tea
- 1.5 oz Seltzer Water (or Club Soda)
- .5 oz Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoon Sugar
- Optional- english cucumbers, strawberry, orange
- Put all ingredients into a shaker and shake! Pour over ice. Garnish with mint, cut cucumbers, strawberry and orange!