• By Sue Shelden   |   Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

The British love outdoor events–Wimbledon, Ascot, garden shows and theatrical productions, just to name a few. Because there is almost ALWAYS a risk of rain, they have methods to deal with sudden showers. Up go umbrellas, out come the tarps, until the shower passes and the events resume.

Fortunately, the English also know how to deal with heat. Just make up a big pitcher of Pimm’s cocktail. The recipe is easy–just fill a pitcher with ice and mix 1 part Pimm’s #1 with 3 parts lemonade and add slices of lemon, oranges, strawberries and/or a sprig of mint–whatever floats your boat! The resulting drink is as pretty as it is refreshing–great for picnics, boating or just sitting out on the patio.

Or you can try the Pimm’s Royale, by mixing chilled Pimm’s with Champagne or any sparkling wine.

James Pimm, owner of a London bar, created this perfect liqueur in 1859, mixing dry gin, fruit extracts and spices, originally as a healthful tonic. Other varieties have been created, each with a different number, and different components, but Pimm’s #1 remains the top version.

Pimm’s is considered the number two drink in England, tea being number one. No outdoor summertime event is complete without it. So, the next time you want to impress friends and neighbors or just simply want to cool off, break out the Pimm’s #1!

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