One my favorite things about the light, warm evenings at this time of year is that my husband and I get to have cocktails on the patio after the kids are in bed! And when the hot weather hits, there’s nothing that I like better than a refreshing Pimm’s cocktail.
Pimm’s (a gin-based liqueur) is a quintessential British summertime drink. If you’ve ever been to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, you’ll know that that it’s quite difficult to spot anyone not walking around with a glass of the stuff.
For one reason or another, it’s not quite so well known here in the US, but whenever we serve it to friends, it’s always a hit.
The classic way of serving Pimm’s (also known as the Pimm’s Cup) is to mix it with lemonade, and then garnish with orange, strawberries, cucumber and mint (surely all that fruit must counts towards at least one of the recommended daily servings?!). In my experience, this is a no-fail recipe, and always delicious.
But sometimes of course it’s nice to mix things up. And apparently, Pimm’s can be mixed with just about anything.
Oh, we had fun experimenting for this post!
Given our location here in Atlanta, it seemed only appropriate however to try a Southern twist. Infusing a little Southern flavor in the form of peach and ginger beer worked surprising well. The ginger beer adds some spice, while the addition of the peaches delivers a little extra sweetness.
The end result is sweet, zingy and oh so refreshing. Just perfect for a summer garden party.
Here’s the recipe for making up a pitcher of this delicious tipple.
Pimm’s cocktail with a Southern twist
What you’ll need:
- Pitcher and set of glasses (typically highball, but it’s the South, so I opted for mason jars instead)
- 1 part Pimm’s No 1
- 2-3 parts ginger beer (depending on how strong you like your cocktails)
- Fresh mint leaves
- Chopped peaches
- Chopped strawberries
- Sliced orange
- Sliced cucumber
- Plenty of ice
First, fill the pitcher with ice, and then add the chopped fruit, cucumber and mint (approximately a handful of each). Next, pour in the Pimm’s, and follow with the ginger beer.
NOTE: I chose to use ginger beer as opposed to ginger ale because it gives a slightly stronger, spicy ginger kick, that complements the light fruit flavors nicely.
To add some extra peach flavor to your cocktail, simply muddle the fleshy part of a couple of peaches until broken down and then throw the juice into the pitcher too.
Finally, give everything a good stir.
Serve in your glasses and garnish with a little extra fruit and sprig of mint.
Something tells me that we’re going to be enjoying these all summer long 🙂