|Splitting a pitcher in London when family came to visit.|
Since we’ve had a handful of really hot days in Edmonton lately, I really had a craving for a tall, cold glass of Pimm’s. Ginger ale and ginger beer are sometimes used in place of 7-Up or Sprite in this drink, and I think ginger beer + Pimm’s is the best combination. It’s fruity and zingy and a bit spicy. I used Old Tyme ginger beer, which is available at lots of supermarkets (they even sell individual bottles in the Caribbean section at Superstore).
These are so easy to make, and so quintessentially summery, you’ll be wanting one at the end of every warm day. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit of a summertime lush, right?
- 2 shots Pimm's No. 1 Cup
- 1 slice lemon
- 1 slice orange
- 1 lengthwise slice cucumber
- 1 strawberry, sliced
- Ginger beer, to top up (about half a bottle)
- Fresh mint
- Ice cubes
- Fill a Collins glass halfway up with ice and add Pimm's. Add sliced fruit and more ice if you can fit it in. Top up with ginger beer, give it a gentle stir, and add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.
- Add 1 cup Pimm's to a big pitcher half filled with ice. Add slices from half an orange, half a lemon, half a cucumber, and about 6 strawberries. Top up with about 1 litre of ginger beer and stir it all together. Finish with a generous handful of fresh mint.