By The Lady
During the Mad March festival rush in Adelaide, the Gentleman and I visited the Pimm’s Bar within the Garden of Unearthly Delights and became utterly smitten. Upon our first visit (amongst many), the lovely bar assistant was rather charming and even offered us a picnic rug to use whilst sipping away at our Pimm’s Cup. So when a lazy Sunday afternoon recently presented itself to us, we decided naturally it was the perfect afternoon to crack open a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1.
We decided to loosely base our recipe upon the classic Pimm’s Cup recipe, mainly because we didn’t have the exact ingredients and we couldn’t be bothered going to the supermarket to buy them! So instead, we used :
1 cup Pimm’s No. 1
1/4 cup homemade tonic syrup (made by the Gentleman. You don’t have to add this, we just decided to for extra fun Pimm’s times)
Around 600mL Waterfords Diet Lemon, Lime & Bitters
Half a punnet of Strawberries
1/3 of a Large Cucumber
Handful of Basil leaves
Lots of ice
Basically, cut up all your fruit and cucumber into desired shapes and mix all the ingredients together in a jug. I would suggest tearing the basil leaves to release some of the flavour. This is a very rough guide, and if you compare our recipe to the classic Pimm’s Original mentioned earlier, you will see that traditionally the Pimm’s Original has mint and orange instead of basil, lemon and limes. Because there are a number of ingredients, and the ones we substituted are quite similar to the original ingredients, the flavour won’t vary that much I imagine. However, if you are a traditionalist or just really don’t like to mess with recipes, I suggest being more organised than we are!
While I wish we had the correct ingredients to make a proper Pimm’s Original, our Pimm’s Cup really did hit the spot on our lazy Sunday afternoon. The drink was very refreshing with a lingering fruity taste which would be perfect for a warm summers day, or perhaps a picnic in the park. In the future, I would love to try it with oranges and mint, or maybe even with orange juice instead of a soft drink. I urge you all to hop on down to the supermarket and pick yourself up the ingredients for this number, because it sure will result in a jolly fine afternoon!