I’m almost embarrassed to put this down as a recipe, but as usual, not embarrassed enough 😉
I’d never heard of Pimms before our daughter took herself off to college in England. We went over to collect her at the end of her first year and when we went for a drink in a hotel near the river, she suggested ‘Dressed Pimms’ as a suitable summery drink for us. It occurred to me that she was studying more than English Literature, but I suppose some would call it a ‘well-rounded education’!
Anyway, it came in a big jug, with fresh strawberries and cucumber floating in it, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
- A large jug
- A wooden spoon (or similar) to stir it all together
- Pimm’s liqueur
- White lemonade
- Fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
- Fresh cucumber, washed, cut in half long-ways, seeds removed and sliced into crescents
- Slices of orange, cut in half
- Fresh mint if you have it
- Loads of ice
- The bottle of Pimm’s tells you most explicitly that it’s 1 portion of Pimm’s to 3 portions of lemonade (it’s 25% proof), so I’m going to leave the exact quantities to you.. Say, I cup/mug of Pimm’s and 3 cups/mugs of lemonade – works for me 😉
- Half-fill your jug with ice
- Using the ratio 1:3, pour in the Pimm’s followed by the lemonade
- Add the prepared strawberries and cucumber, and the mint and orange slices if you’re using them
- Use your wooden spoon to stir to combine
- Leave for a few minutes to settle and for the flavours to combine
- Serve in a long glass, preferably in warm corner of the garden
- Of course you can use diet/sugar-free lemonade if you want to.
- I think that Sainsbury’s (and hence probably Tesco as well) do an ‘own brand’ of Pimm’s, and I’m sure it’s absolutely fine.
- The list of fruit and veg above it merely a suggestion – feel free to add and subtract as you see fit.