Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pimm's Cup

Being that it is the oldest tennis tournament around, it's no surprise that Wimbledon draws tennis fans from all over the world.  Whether a fan of the sport is lucky enough to be at the actual grass courts in London, or is just watching the championship matches from the comfort of their own home, there are the traditional Wimbledon indulgences for the spectators to enjoy, and one of those would be the Pimm's Cup.

Pimm's, or more specifically Pimm's No. 1, is a gin based liquor proudly produced in Great Britain since 1840.  Hence, it is only fitting that one of London's oldest gins became the drink at one of London's oldest matches.

I have found that there are many different varieties to making a Pimm's Cup.  Some bartenders like to use sprite, some soda, some lemonade.  I prefer the latter and like to keep it nice and simple:

2.5 ounces Pimm's No. 1
5 ounces of Lemonade
Lemon Wedge
Highball packed with ice

Serving Size: 1 delicious, refreshing, and tasty beverage


1.  Rinse your lemon, organic or not, it should always be rinsed.  Then slice a wedge, or two.

2.  Fill your highball with ice (note, I doubled the recipe to make drinks for two).

3.  Add your 2.5 ounces of Pimm's No. 1 Gin.  If you want to use a measuring cup to be exact, use just shy of about 1/4 cup and 1/8 cup.

 4.  Add the 5 ounces of Lemonade.  This should fill the remainder of the Highball, but you can use your measuring cups again adding about 5 of the 1/8 cup, or short of 3/4 cups.  Sip away!