Anyone for Pimms?  

AmberSolaire 42M
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6/28/2005 4:46 pm

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Anyone for Pimms?

It is getting hot in blogland.Heres an idea to help you all cool off.Its quick , easy and very refreshing.Next time making a cocktail is too much effort try a Pimms instead.

The Pimm's tradition is almost as entrenched in British culture as the cup of tea. All it takes is a moderately prolonged period of good weather, and pubs, bars and supermarkets miraculously start offering gallons of the stuff.
Pimm's was invented in the 1840s, by the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London. James Pimm offered the tonic (which was a gin based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, and served it in a small tankard. This is where the "No. 1 Cup" moniker arose.

After the Second World War, Pimms extended their range, utilising a number of other spirits as bases for new "cups". No. 2 cup was based on Scotch, No. 3 employed brandy, No. 4 rum, No. 5 rye and No. 6 vodka. The only one of the variants still in production is the vodka cup, No. 6, although this is made in much smaller quantities than the original No. 1 cup.

Lots of people are so passionate about Pimm's that they begin to evangelise about it and finding the perfect recipe can be a little overwhelming. I would recommend trial and error to find the perfect mix for you. However, try this recipe, given to me by a true connoisseur, my grandad!You will need:

A 70cl bottle of Pimms
2 litres of Lemonade (not diet)
Plenty of ice
Half a cucumber, sliced
2 oranges cut into small chunks
Large handful of fresh borage
Quarter punnet of strawberries, cut into chunks.

Throw it all in a big jug, swirl and sip away.
The longer you leave it, the better it gets, so take your time!

Now I know your first question would be what on earth is borage? for I asked the same thing myself many a year ago.It is more commonly known as borago officinalis and adds a very delicate bite to the cup.It is more common to substitute it with mint.Of course there are many variants such as:

The Turbo Pimms No.1
As above but
5 parts lemonade, 2 parts Pimms, 1 part Gin

The English Passion - Pimms No.6
Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice
50ml of Pimm's No.6
25ml of Zubrowka vodka
Flesh and juice of a passion fruit
Dash of sugar syrup
Shake well & strain into a tumbler full of ice
Garnish with a sprig of mint & 2 short traws

The Maximum Voltage - Pimms No.6
Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice
50ml of Pimm's No.6
25ml of Zubrowka vodka
25ml of Cointreau
Shake well & strain into a highball full of ice
Fill with soda water and garnish with mint

If you really want to get drunk another version, donated by a friend known as 'the leggy blonde' recommends that you soak the fruit in neat Pimm's for at least an hour before you add any lemonade. Then when you eat the slices you get a real kick.

Whatever you try it is a great tasting drink, assured to make you squifffy whilst watching wimbledon, and hopefully it might also help you cool down in the process.Enjoy

Barbiebunny69 43F

6/29/2005 12:23 am

A pummage of strawberries..about how many is that? Im gonna make it..thank U so much! cheery-o!

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
6/29/2005 12:57 am

i have some in my fridge that a friend brought over for me

I'm a

i'm here to stay

juju34single 46F

6/29/2005 3:18 am

All I got in my fridge is cold Guinness and Killians Red.

By the looks of the scenery though, I think I will need it!
Tis getting a bit warm!

AmberSolaire 42M

6/30/2005 7:36 am

Barbiebunny I meant a punnet as in a large tub of strawberries.Although you can adjust to taste.

Papy I think you will find its one of those items that you always seem to have but never know how you got it.

juju you should give it a try.Its a little different to guiness.

juju34single 46F

7/5/2005 3:11 am

Where to get borage?
I would love to try it.

AmberSolaire 42M

7/9/2005 3:15 pm

Good question I get it from Gran.Mint gives a stronger flavour anyway.

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