This week finds us half way through the best fortnight in tennis- Wimbledon! Every year I usually throw a Wimbledon party, we eat scones and strawberries and cream, I make a huge Victoria Sponge, we play Wii tennis and we drink jugs and jugs of Pimms.
Pimm's was first produced in 1823, by James Pimm. Pimm offered the tonic, (a gin-based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a "No. 1 Cup", hence its subsequent name. (For more history see it's Wikipedia page!)
Pimms is the perfect, quintessential English summer time drink. It's thirst quenching and surprisingly strong. One of those tastes so good, it will get you drunk quick so watch out!
You will need:
1 Jug/Pitcher & glasses 1 bottle of Pimms Lemonade (carbonated - in the US I have found Sprite or Squirt works best, you can also use Ginger ale) 3 cups Strawberries 1-2 Apples 1-2 Oranges 1 Lemon 1 Cucumber Several sprigs of Mint
Chop the apples, oranges and lemon into quarters, the strawberries and cucumber into cubes and throw it all in the jug.
Pour into the jug two cups of Pimms, now I usually eye ball it but supposedly it's supposed to be two cups....I usually cover at least the fruit.
Then add four cups of your English lemonade, or Sprite type alternative. Or if you're eyeballing then just dilute your Pimms!
Gather your Mint sprigs and smack the leaves between your palms, this release the smell and flavour without crushing up the mint and leaving it all bitty in your drink.