Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Toasting Our Graduate with a Pimm's Royal Cup


This last Saturday was a big day for my family, because it was the day our little girl graduated from college.  It seems like yesterday she was a bright eyed freshman eager to set the world on fire, when she called me crying saying she had made a 24% on her first exam, questioning if she had what it took to make it through college. 


Four years later she is a confident young woman who just graduated magna cum laude with a very promising job in the executive development program of a large retailer.  I don’t know who is happier, her or her dad.  Failing that first exam must have really gotten her attention, because she put that famous stubborn streak of hers to good use and kicked college’s butt.  Well done my love.

Our girl will be moving home to live with us for the next couple of months to give us all one more summer to wake up with her beauty and optimism each day before she moves on into a home of her own.   I can't wait to just hang out with her, do a little cooking and sewing and maybe just a little cocktail drinking.  Personally I think we all deserve a drink, our daughter for all her hard work, and me and her dad for all that check writing. 

One of our favorite summertime cocktails is one that I had served just a couple of times during my bartending and server days, but really hadn't paid much attention to until we lived in England.  Served everywhere in England in the summertime, Pimm's Cup is a light and refreshing drink that kind of reminds me of iced tea. 

Back in 1823 Pimm's No. 1 was originally marketed as a medicinal tonic, but is now described as a gin based liqueur.  Mixed with sliced cucumbers, fruit, mint and lemon lime soda,  Pimm's No. 1 makes a drink that is known as Pimm's Cup, which is perfect for brunches, luncheons, barbeques and front porch soirees.  Substitute the lemon lime soda with champagne and you have a cocktail called a Pimm's Royal Cup which is worthy to serve at any celebration.  I highly recommend it if you are looking for something elegant and simple to wow your guests at your next garden party.


Pimm's Royal Cup

Since we are celebrating such a big accomplishment, I think I'll go with the champagne version.  It isn't as sweet as the Pimm's Cup, but it is really up to personal preference and the occasion as both are delicious yet different.


Fresh sliced fruit such as strawberries, orange, lemon, lime and cucumber (a sliver of fresh gingerroot is great too)

2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1

5 ounces champagne, lemon lime soda or equal quantities of both

Ice

Sprig of mint

Place fruit in the bottom of a tall glass.  Add Pimm’s, champagne or lemon lime soda and enough ice to top off the glass.  Stir gently.  Top with a sprig of mint.  Serve.


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