Like Paris, London is always a good idea, even in my least favorite season of the year: summer. There’s something about London that even makes summer look magical to me — it must be all those quintessentially British rituals that come out to play. There’s tennis at Wimbledon, the regatta at Henley, summer weddings, punting, outdoor festivals, the Ascot races, and much more.
And one must-have accompaniment for everything from tennis to garden parties is a glass of Pimm’s. The life and soul of England’s summer season, Pimm’s is as British as… well, Sir Paul McCartney.
Needless to say, considering how much of an Anglophile I am, I’m a huge fan of this delicious concoction. Not just of the classic Pimm’s and Lemonade, but also of the Pimm’s Royale – topped with champagne, served in a flute and the perfect accessory to your most fabulous fascinator.
If you’re lucky enough to be over there sometime soon, don’t miss the latest: Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower, a gorgeous new blend that pays homage to the current London craze for elderflower. It could only be more British if it came waving a little Union Jack and complaining about the weather.
Even if you’re not visiting, mix up a Pimmlet at home with the recipe below. A delicious take on the Gimlet, the classic lime cocktail favored by the British Navy, it’s a potent blend of the classic Pimm’s with gin, fresh lime, and sugar. It’s royal perfection that everyone can appreciate.
- 50ml. Pimm’s No. 1®
- 25ml. Gordon’s® London Dry Gin
- 10ml. Lime Juice
- 10ml. Sugar Syrup
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Pour Pimm’s No.1, Gordon’s London Dry Gin, lime juice, and sugar syrup into the shaker.
- Shake vigorously until the surface of the shaker feels cold.
- With a cocktail strainer, strain into a tall glass.
- Garnish with mint.
So what’s your favorite way to enjoy Pimm’s?