So now what do you do with your ginger beer? Well, it’s lovely, plain over ice. And frankly it mixes perfectly with most liquor, showing a special affinity for bourbon and vodka.
But since it’s summer, how about using it as nature intended, as the crucial component in the best summer mixed drink in existence: the Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Invented in the early 19th Century and long associated with Wimbledon, polo matches and insufferable Londoners, the Pimm’s Cup finds its real purpose and truest expression as a celebration of Cleveland’s summer.
There are countless recipe variations claiming to produce an acceptable Pimm’s Cup. In contrast to those attempts, what follows is the correct recipe.
Before beginning, secure the following supplies:
|A tall coctail or pilsner glass||A substantial quantity of ice||At least two very thin slices of fresh summer cucumber||One large, fresh strawberry, cut into thin slices||A spring of mint|
So what is Pimm’s No. 1? It’s a mystery. Originally marketed for vaguely medicinal reasons, it is supposedly based on gin and flavored with various liquers, fruits, herbs and spices. Though you could be forgiven for thinking it is itself a liqueur, it is, technically, a “fruit cup”, a traditional English specialty drink meant to be mixed with a soft drink like ginger beer.
cucumber slices, strawberry slices and mint at the bottom of the glass
|Fill the glass
|Add 2.5 oz. of Pimm’s No. 1 to the glass, and fill the remainder with ginger beer||Stir gently but insistently, precisely 5 times|
|Then it’s finally
Pimm’s O’Clock.Drink and enjoy.