Pimm's No. 1 is a type of fruit cup, a kind of alcoholic cordial of flavoured gin, designed to be turned into a long cocktail full of fruit, perfect for summer picnics.
This is the classic Pimm's, available at all overpriced drinks stalls throughout southern England.
What you need:
- A bottle of Pimm's No.1
- Some lemonade
- Fresh strawberries
- A lemon
- Some cucumber
- A handful of fresh mint
- To make your Pimm's, first prepare the fruit. Quarter the strawberries, halve and slice the lemon and cucumber ad finely chop the mint.
- Take a jug or any other kind of vessel (my house has declared a 'pot of Pimm's' to be the perfect summer addition to the kitchen table), put the fruit in it, and pour over the Pimm's, a good amount is two measures to every person drinking. Top up the pot with lemonade and you're good to go. (To make this a Royal Cup, and get a little more sloshed in the summer, substitute the lemonade for champagne or sparkling wine.)
- Pour the Pimm's into glasses over ice, and spoon in some of the fruit. Enjoy on a hot summer's day, or if you're in southern England at the moment just settle for a vaguely sunny one and make sure you've got an umbrella.
To take the boozy tea party theme one step further, make the Pimm's in a pot, serve in tea cups, and accompany with some beautiful Pimm's cupcakes.
If you can't find Pimm's there are a few subsitutes around, though I can't guarantee their tastes, and I have no idea how available it is overseas.