When I went to New Orleans last year, I discovered the Pimm's Cup cocktail. It originated in the UK - and is the mascot cocktail of Wimbledon - but it's since become a staple cocktail in the Crescent City and rightly so. It's the most refreshing, delightful drink, which is needed in that humid city. Plus it reflects the cheerful disposition of the people.
I'm heading to London in August for a few days (as the bread of a Greek Island sandwich; that analogy was meant to explain that I'm bookending a trip to Greece with a few days in London) and I plan on sampling as many Pimm's Cups as possible while I'm there so I can compare and decide if it's better here or there.
In the meantime, I'm whipping up batches at home, trying to recreate the fresh, vibrant flavors I loved so much in NOLA.
3 cucumber slices
6 mint leaves
1½ oz. Pimm's No. 1
3 oz. lemonade
3 oz. lemon-lime soda
It's an easy recipe - just shaking and serving, basically - but the fresh ingredients are the true star here.
fresh lemonade (concentrated) for this drink. The real, fresh, genuine lemons make all the difference in making this drink super summery and vibrant.
I wanted to give this drink an extra punch so instead of traditional lemonade, I made a quick lemonade concentrate and it ended up giving the drink tons of delicious flavor and brightness. I didn't feel like boiling up some simple syrup and waiting for it to cool so, I just grabbed about a ¼ cup of sugar, the juice of three lemons and shook it in a jar until the sugar dissolved.
There were actually several more liqueurs at some point in history - Pimm's No. 2, Pimm's No. 3, all the way up to No. 6, all meant to aid in digestion and used as an aperitif after dinner - but I think that No. 1 is the only one left. But I'm okay with that because it's delicious.