Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pimm's cup

Summer is almost here and with first truly hot days patio dining, picnicking, entering with friends and of course refreshing cocktails come to mind. As I mentioned here earlier I've been playing a "weekend mixologist", expanding my drink repertoire a little, so after cucumber gimlets(get the recipe here) I'm giving Pimm's No. 1 cup a try. Served over ice with fizzy lemonade and various fruits, it's a favorite English summer drink, keeping cool Wimbledon,  Henley Royal Regatta or polo matches goers. It originated in London in 1820s, when James Pimm wanting to distinguish his oyster bar from many others, started serving this gin based concoction to his customers. It soon became a hit and by 1860 was being bottled and sold on a large scale, making summer heat more bearable to this day.

To prepare Pimm's No.1 cup you will need:
*fizzy lemonade but you can also use ginger ale, soda water or sprite;
*thin slices of fruits like: orange, lemon, lime;
*cucumber cut into wedges, strawberries, thin slices of apple can be added as well;
*chopped mint, and if  you can find, borage flowers;
*and Pimm's of course.



To mix:
in a tall glass place the fruit, add ice, one part of Pimm's and two parts of fizzy lemonade(I used 2oz shot glass to measure). Garnish with cucumber wedge, some mint and borage flowers. And voila! Beautiful summer cocktail is ready. You can wow your friends at your next dinner party by preparing Pimm's in a large pitcher or set up a "help yourself" bar with individual bowls of fruit and let your guests prepare their own cup. I guarantee they will love it!



I can already tell this going to be my favorite summer drink.... summer of Pimm's, if you will.
Have fun with it and tell me, what is your favorite summer cocktail?
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41 comments:

  1. Do you realize how beautiful... INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL these photos are? :) Great series. Great recipe.

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  2. YUM! This looks incredibly refreshing and tasty! Love it!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  3. That was totally my drink of choice all last summer! Is borage flower something traditional? Is it something you'd grow or buy at a store?

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  4. A wonderful drink! Your shots are soooo mmmhhh!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. liz, it is a traditional ingredient of Pimm's cup, it tastes and smells similar to cucumber, I found it at the farmers market;

    Mary, thank you :)

    Tracy, I'm so glad you like it! :)

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  6. Beautiful! This sounds delicious but your photos really show how lovely this drink is. Great post.

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  7. This is by far my favourite summer drink, and your photos are absolutely LOVELY!

    My newest summertime refresher is mixing sicilian lemon soda and gin infused with lemongrass and ginger.

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  8. My mum absolutely adores a Pimm's Cup - I love the violet flowers you used to garnish :)

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  9. Oh this is my kind of drink!!! fresh, fruity, hmmm, so pretty!

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  10. Love the Pimm's Cup! During a summer at Oxford, they threw us Americans a 4th of July party with a healthy quantity of this drink. So refreshing!

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  11. Thanks for commenting at my blog so that I could discover yours, lovely photographs you have here!

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  12. M, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Your photos and staging etc are really incredibly beautiful. Loving the cocktail series:)
    And Pimm's... I always think of drinking Pimm's and playing croquet. Where could I do that around here? That would make for a great summer party, wouldn't it?
    Never knew about the addition of the borage flowers. I have them growing in the back garden and love throwing them into salads etc, but never thought of them into a cocktail.
    -E

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  13. E, croquet and Pimm's, that does sound like fun summer party!!!
    I'm so glad you're liking "cocktail series", there is more coming soon :)

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  14. Another drink i have to try! This summer is going to be soo much fun with your cocktail series. :D Again ilovethepictures. Have a great weekend. XX

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  15. Fantastic post, fantastic pictures! I also planned to offer Pimm's No 1 Cup.
    Great idea with the sparkling cloudy lemonade.
    I must think about making it myself and serve the Pimms with it- or even a better idea: make a homemade ginger-lemonade...

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  16. Very nice. Whenever I see borage flowers for sale, I buy a bunch and freeze what I don't use in icecubes -- the cubes are great in Pimm's Cups.

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  17. Vidiot, I was thinking about doing that, it makes for some really pretty ice cubes :)

    Dominik, homemade ginger-lemonade sounds divine, I will have to try that :)

    ilovemyhouse, it will be fun Summer! :)

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  18. It is my summer goal to finally try a Pimm's cup.

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  19. OK, just found your blog and I LOVE it! I have always wanted to make a Pimm's Cup....now I will!

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  20. You have such an amazing way with the way you present stuff, my food never looks this good.

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  21. What a refreshing and beautiful drink. Pimm's was a favorite when we lived in England.

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  22. I had a Pimms Cup for the first time recently - so good! I've been wanting to make them at home and now I know how. :)

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  23. I've never seen Pimm's here in Brazl but tried drink similar to this one in London last year - loved i t! So refreshing.
    Your photos and styling are precious inspirations to my, sweetie!
    xx

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  24. I'll take one, too :)

    As always, Monika, your photos make it look so real and desirable - I can almost feel the buzz, and I haven't even had one of those yet! :) Styling, light and colors - superb! Cheers!

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  25. Global, thank you darling :)

    Patricia, hope you can find Pimm's in Brazil, so worth it!

    arugulove, they're very easy to put together :)

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  26. I'm looking forward to watching Wimbledon, and having a Pimm's cup in my hand would be perfect!

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  27. Wow I love the new header photo! And what a great post. Pictures are beautiful and I will definitely be making this soon. Perfect summer drink! I also want to thank you for your frequent visits to my site. I always look forward to your comments.

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  28. Can't think of a more refreshing summer drink. Brings me back to my trips to London!

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  29. I'm not of age yet but I find cocktails so aesthetically pleasing! Though that photo of the striped straws is my favorite. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! If you like it, become a follower! xo Jane

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  30. Yes! We Londoners love Pimms! The only problem is it tastes like lemonade and I always end up drinking more than my fair share in no time!

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  31. Anne, I've noticed that problem, too. :D

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  32. How delightful. I had a pimm's cup for the first time a couple months ago and am hooked. You listed several other items to try in it that I will most certainly utilize. Excellent photos as well.

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  33. Wow, I think I've met the mixologist of my dreams!! The Pimms cocktails look fantastic! Way to go, Monika =)

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  34. I have been watching Wimbledon, but where is my Pimm's? Your photos, as usual, make it very tempting.

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  35. P.S. Where do you get such pretty straws? I've been looking all over for them, to no avail...

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  36. liz,
    I found them at my local stationery store
    :)

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  37. What a gorgeous and delicious-sounding drink! I am more of a wine person myself, but I do enjoy whiskey lemonades from time to time and think I will need to experiment with some fun summery cocktails this year.

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  38. Megan, Pimm's cup is definitely a good one to start with...easy, festive and very summery :)

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  39. Sounds super refreshing! A long sip of summer!!

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