What follows is the July 3rd edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
The Pimm’s Cup is the official drink of Wimbledon, and with the finals this weekend, what better time to enjoy this refreshing cocktail? Over 40,000 pints are served during Wimbledon’s fortnight each summer in London. Also known for being the house drink at the Napoleon House in New Orleans, a Pimm’s Cup is easy to drink and suits our hot summers perfectly.
There are many variations on this classic cocktail, but the primary ingredient is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur. In England, it is typically paired with sparkling lemonade, similar to, but less sweet than the lemon-lime sodas we find on this side of the pond. Since that can be tough to find around here, I suggest combining one part of the liqueur with two parts fresh lemonade, then adding a splash of ginger ale for a bit of zest.
The Pimm’s Cup is traditionally garnished with a slice of cucumber or a sprig of mint, but orange slices or even strawberries go well with it too. Make your own variation of the Pimm’s Cup, or visit The Cove on Corporate Boulevard or Bacchus on Highland and Old Perkins for outstanding versions of this cocktail.