It’s hot. Really hot. There’s only one way to refresh yourself on a Friday afternoon. And that’s with a Pimms Cup.
An old English favourite, Pimms is a British summertime cocktail tradition. Considering NZ is part of the monarch, we reckon on this fine day we can claim it as one of our own too. Making it even more appropriate is the abundance of tennis Australasia’s been experiencing the past few weeks – it is one of the official drinks at Wimbledon!
Made with a gin base, the Pimms Cup gets it’s name from the original tankard it was served in – the No. 1 Cup. Ideal for an afternoon with friends, this marvellous creation super refreshing especially as it’s filled with fresh fruit. Grab the following ingredients and treat yourself old chap!
1 1/2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale or lemon lime soda
1 lemon cut into round, thin slices
1 cucumber cut lengthwise into wedges
1 apple quartered, cored, and cut into thin slices
1 orange cut into round, thin slices
3/4 cup of mint leaves
About 3 cups of ice
1. In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, the orange and lemon sliced, and the mint. Chill for about 10 minutes. Stir in the ginger ale.
2. Put two cucumber wedges, standing on end, into each of four tall glasses. Fill halfway with ice. Pour in your Pimm’s mixture making sure the fruit is shared evenly between the glasses. Add the mint and push deep into the glass for maximum taste!
This recipe does make a pitcher, so be sure to invite your mates around!