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Recipe Box: Pimm’s No.1

PimmsIt’s Easter this weekend and April begins in a matter of days…which means, as far as I’m concerned, we are fully into spring! Now, if you’re having family over for Easter–and especially if you’re going to be slaving in the kitchen cooking a full Easter dinner–you are going to need something to drink, my lovely.

So why not take a break from your usual glass of wine and try one of my favorite spring/summer drinks: Pimm’s!

Pimm’s is a terribly British drink. (I’ve been watching a lot of Downton Abbey lately, so this post *may* have been inspired by that. Just a little bit.) It was first introduced in 1823 by James Pimm, the owner of an swank oyster bar in London. He served his “No. 1 Cup”–a gin-based drink with a secret mixture of herbs that was said to aid digestion–to the bankers and businessmen of the City.

Since then, it has become one of the staple drinks served at upper crust affairs like Wimbledon, the Henley Regatta, and that very English tradition: the garden party.

Besides all that, it’s absolutely delicious.

So how do you serve your own Pimm’s No. 1 Cup? It’s easy.

Pimm’s No. 1

  • Fill a pitcher with ice. Mix one part Pimm’s with 3 parts chilled lemonade (you can use regular lemonade or sparkling).
  • Add your favorite combo of chopped fruit & fresh ingredients: mint, strawberry, cucumber, lemon, or oranges.
  • As an alternative to the lemonade, some people prefer mixing their Pimm’s with ginger ale.

Traditionally Pimm’s is a summer drink, so I suppose I’m a little early with this…but after a long, cold winter who couldn’t use a little taste of early summer?


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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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