My first foray into craft cocktails began with a Pimm’s Cup- a classic summer bevy made with Pimm’s, lemon, ginger ale and cucumber. It was my gateway cocktail, so to speak. I remember taking my first sip and being blown away by its unfolding flavors. It’s light, refreshing, slightly effervescent and it hits all the right notes for a summer sipper. My first Pimm’s was five years ago and to this day it remains one of my favorites.
The classic recipe was developed in England and is best known as the official cocktail of Wimbledon. Pimm’s itself has spicy and citrus notes and if you want to keep it as simple as possible, you can throw an ounce or two in a glass of lemonade and you’ll be set. But if you’re looking to create something a little different, try this riff on a French 75 combined with a classic Pimm’s Cup. We’ll call it a Pimm’s 75!
1oz Fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup*
Cucumber and mint for garnish
Combine Pimm’s, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktails shaker. Shake over ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a strip of cucumber and a mint bouquet.
*Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and let cool.