Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Will & Kate Pimm's Cup

I was first introduced to the Pimm's cup by my sister while visiting her in the U.K. The pubs offer great meals and are often accompanied by a beer or a pimm's cup. Not being a fan of beer, I became fast friends with the Pimm's.

It is a pleasantly tart gin-based herbal tonic. It is hard to place what could possibly be in it, but it is said to have citrus undertones in amongst that herby goodness. The sticker reads that the recipe is a closely guarded secret known only to six people. (Questions arise: living? dead? in the U.K.? or hidden away in cave somewhere? Curious, very curious...)

Traditionally it is made with British lemonade (clear and sparkling, completely different than the lemon juice and sugar water that is traditional in Canada)- which is near impossible to find in these parts. It is also served on ice with cut fruit- apples, oranges, strawberries, lemons and can also include cucumbers and mint. Yummy.

Anyways, the thought of a Pimm's this week brought me back to thoughts of cheery London and then on to thoughts of the upcoming royal nuptials. What better way to celebrate a Pimm's cup than with a royal wedding? (Or vice versa).

Here is my heretic, Canadian version of a Pimm's...I shall call it the Will & Kate Celebratory Pimm's. May they have as much joy as I do when I make this drink!

The Will & Kate Celebratory Pimm's Cup
This combo of raspberries and mint is likely highly unusual but I love the taste! Strawberries would be my second choice. I like my Pimm's on the tea-tottler side of not-too-strong. You can add a touch more Pimm's if you so desire. You can sometimes find bottled clear, sparkling lemonade in specialty shops or large grocery chains. If you find it, eliminate the lemon, agave and sparkling water and use 3/4 cup sparkling lemonade.

Per cup:
Squeeze of half a lemon (about 1 tbsp lemon juice)
2 tsp agave nectar or sugar syrup (water and sugar heated)
3/4 cup sparkling water (I like Pellegrino)
1 shot (3 tbsp) Pimm's No. 1
ice cubes
a small handful frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries
lemon balm or mint leaves

1. Mix lemon juice and agave nectar together with spoon. Add sparkling water, Pimm's, ice cubes, raspberries and mint. Serve with straw or stir stick.

Mint Green Marriage version:
Add 2 tbsp strong brewed mint tea to the mix
(My fave: T's Peppermint!