By Hairee Lee.
"Lovely Weather We're Having!"
Some comment about the weather is usually the way to start a conversation in England. And to pretty much continue it from what I remember form my years living there. But no matter because little goes better with lovely weather than a Pimm's cup. That much I was in complete agreement with respect to Brit culture.
The first time I had a Pimm's cup was at a fellow teacher's garden party while I was teaching near London. For the life of me I can't recall her name. I do remember all her clothes were from Boden, a J.Crew, Banana Republic type catalogue clothing company in UK. By this I mean no hemlines above the knee, modest scoop necks, demure earrings, hideous flower pattern coats and dresses that only look good on skinny blond models because anything looks good on skinny blond models. She was nice enough but not memorable enough for me to recall her name.
She did, however, make a great punch bowl of Pimm's packed full of fruit.
Pimm's No. 1 is a gin-based liquor made in England from dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices and spices. It was created in 1859 by the English oyster bar owner James Pimm. The recipe is still a secret, and only six persons know exactly how it is made.
Although this recipe is to make single serving, we changed it to make a huge punch bowl of the stuff to ladle out into glasses. It's the traditional way of serving it and I personally love it served this way because then you only have to make it once and spend the rest of the time enjoying it and refilling your glass and enjoying and so on.
And that's exactly what we did. (("Lovely weather we're having!"
"Oh yes, cheers!"))
Plus, a giant punch bowl of cocktail just looks amazing! We made ours in the gorgeous Match Pewter punch bowl. With the fruit bobbing on the surface of the sweet cocktail, ladled out with Match Pewter Antique Ladle that has a generous scoop, the drink looks so summery and fun and yummy.
I also love cocktails that I can munch through. A little something, like olives or onions or cucumbers or fruit or berries really makes the drink interesting for me. Thus my love of Hendrick's and tonic with cucumber slices, bloody mary with celery and olives, Gibsons with cocktail onions, sangrias in all it's variations, and, the munchiest of them all, the Pimm's cup.
Pimm's Cup Serves 6 to 8
- 1 orange, lemon, apple, and cucumber sliced into thin wedges
- 5 parts lemonade
- 1 part spritzer for a little bubble
- 2 parts Pimms No. 1
- 1 part gin. We used my favorite, Hendrick's Gin
- 1 sprig of mint to garnish
- Place all the fruit into the punch bowl
- Pour in the Pimm's No. 1, gin, spritzer, lemonade, ice and stir.
- Serve in large old fashioned glasses like the Match Pewter Double Old Fashioned glass we used. I like my Pimm's cup glass to be not too tall so that it's easier for me to go fishing for my fruit with my fingers. Tall glasses are a pain.
Recipe adapted from View London.
Photographs by Nate Brescia.