It’s no secret that most people blow their budget on drinks, whether it be at a bar on the weekend or a glass of wine or two with dinner. Well, I’m just too poor for all of that so when I need to have a sip, I usually do it at home.
Some of my friends are coming to visit me in New Orleans this weekend and I plan to welcome them into my home with a classic New Orleans cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup! The friends aren’t coming ’till Friday but, you know, I thought I’d try the drink out ahead of time. Plus, it’s crazy hot and humid (as usual) and this drink is a perfect afternoon refresher!
Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin based liquor that is fairly sweet and has a nice herbal flavor. I was really delighted with the flavor when I tried it on it’s own… kinda like gin candy. The cocktail consists of Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale and slices of cucumber and lemon. Some use 7-up or lemonade instead of the ginger ale but I think that would be a tragedy. The bite of ginger ale plus the carbonation perfectly balances Pimm’s sweet herbal flavor.
If you’re not a boozer, try a Pimm’s “Non” Cup instead. Put slices of cucumber and lemon in a tall glass of ginger ale and enjoy! Cucumber may be my new favorite drink ingredient!
- 1½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 $0.63
- ¾ cup ginger ale $0.12
- 3-4 thin slices of cucumber $0.09
- 2-3 thin slices of lemon $0.13
- Wash the cucumber and lemon to remove any waxes on the skin. Thinly slice each into rounds.
- Fill a glass about ¾ full with ice. Pour the Pimm’s No. 1 over the ice and top off with ginger ale. Place 3 to 4 slices of cucumber down into the drink along with 2 to 3 slices of lemon.
- Sip the drink slowly (preferably on a porch while watching the world go by) to allow time for the cucumber and lemon to infuse into the drink. Enjoy life.
If you can’t find Pimm’s No. 1, try this drink with plain Gin or Vodka… or even lemon flavored vodka!
NOTE: One bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 cost me $14.99 and is enough to make 16 cocktails, assuming you use 1.5 oz. per drink (I know, I know, they usually get stronger as you go…). The great thing about liquor is that it stays good for a long time so even if you just make a few, the rest won’t be going to waste.
The excess cucumber and lemon will probably only be good for about four days. You’ll probably get about four drinks out of each lemon and about eight drinks per cucumber. If you don’t plan on making eight drinks, just slice that cucumber up, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and enjoy a healthy snack :)
Speaking of… my favorite part of the drink was eating the cucumber slices out of the glass after I was done. yummy!