When I think of Wimbledon, I think of grass courts, epic tennis, strawberries and cream, champagne, and Pimm’s Cup.
A little factoid: Originally, Pimm’s No 1 was made using gin, quinine, and a secret mixture of herbs as an aid to digestion.
Today, the recipe is a little different, though it is still refreshing and easy to make. And it has a lower percentage of alcohol (25%) so it won’t get you too tipsy. No wonder it’s considered the drink of summer in Britain!
Here’s a recipe for the traditional Pimm’s Cup which uses ginger ale, however you can swap it for either carbonated lemonade or 7UP if you don’t like the taste of ginger.
- 2 medium oranges sliced, then cut slices into half-moons
- 2 medium lemons sliced, then cut into half-moons
- 1 cucumber washed, cut in half widthwise, then both halves cut into spears
- 10 large strawberries hulled and then sliced lengthwise
- 2 cups Pimm's No. 1
- 4 cups ginger ale
- 6-8 large sprigs of mint muddle gently
- Fill 1 large pitcher ¼ full with ice.
- Layer lemon slices, orange slices, and cucumber slices until you get ¾ the way to the top of the pitcher.
- Pour in the Pimm's and ginger ale, and mix with a spoon.
- Add in the mint.