Party Perfect Pimm's Cup
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Served to spectators at Wimbledon, cricket matches and sailing regattas the Pimm’s Cup is a perfect summer drink capitalizing on its crisp, cool, slightly spicy and herbaceous taste. But you don’t need to be at a ritzy British event to enjoy this charming cocktail. It is a low-alcohol beverage that won’t weigh you down in the summer heat. The gin-based spirit Pimm’s No. 1 has a sublet fruit and spice flavor and relatively low alcohol content with 25-percent. Mix that with fresh cucumbers and lemon and it is garden-party ready.
The drink was originally invented by an English oyster bar owner in the mid-eighteenth century. And to this day the recipe is still a secret; apparently only six people know exactly how to make it. But you don’t need to be one of those six people to know how to make a delicious and refreshing Pimm’s Cup. We have the recipe here for you to try.
1/2-inch thick English cucumber wheel
1/2-inch thick lemon wheel
2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
4 ounces lemon-lime soda
In a chilled highball glass gently muddle cucumber and lemon together. Top with Pimm’s No. 1 and lemon-lime soda. Stir to combine. Add ice to the glass and garnish with a lemon twist and a cucumber slice to serve.