Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pimm's No 1 to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee!


It was a thoroughly British Day.  The rain lashed down, the clouds were grey and thick but the Queen shone brightly.  The crowds seemed to cheer louder than ever and revelled in the glory of the day, embracing the frightful weather as a welcome old friend.

Three thousand miles away (it seemed more) on the East Coast of America the sun did shine and it seemed fitting to celebrate with a glass of iced Pimm's.  For those of you who haven't tried it, it's a sort of British Sangria, alcohol, lemonade (or ginger ale or sprite) fruit, berries and fresh mint. Of course you can adjust the alcohol levels to suit your idea of fun by adding a shot or two of gin. I've had quite a day, I intend to have quite a bit of fun.

My friend Ellen and I decided to have a Pimm's off.  She won. She had the technique down.  She crushed the fresh mint and strawberries before she poured in the Pimm's, the scent was enticing. She used ginger ale, I used fizzy lemonade, both worked. Then we sat back and sipped and sipped and watched a rainbow form.  This is just what Pimm's is made for.

Here's the basic formula;

1 part Pimm's No 1 to 3 parts lemonade or ginger ale or sprite.
1 shot of gin (if desperate)
A handful of chopped up strawberries
A few slices of cucumber
A couple of sprigs of fresh mint
A few lemon slices
A few orange slices
Ice cubes

Here's how you do it;

Line up your glasses with the mint, cucumber and fruit.  Ginger ale or lemonade at the ready.



Mash it up a little.


Add the ice cubes.

Pour in the Pimm's.


Add the ginger ale (or lemonade).

Put your feet up and sip.

46 comments:

  1. Never heard of Pimm's but they're looking mighty good right about now! Long live the Queen! (is that what we say???? )

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  2. Looks refreshing and delicious. Plus, I love trying British foods and drinks. Well, maybe not the blood pudding dishes.

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  3. I tried this for the first time last summer when my sister-in-law made it.
    I have to say it was utterly delicious. Might try and make it myself this year. Thanks for reminding me :))

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  4. I watched a bit of the Jubilee on the BBC America channel. Sadly, I didn't have a Pimm's cup to go with it!

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  5. Wonderful! Simply refreshing. I would like one of these drinks right now :)

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  6. I do love a Pimms, though we always make it in a jug, one is never enough!

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  7. It must be yummy and really refreshing!Kisses,dear Mary!

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  8. The Pimm's webite had a recipe for Eton Mess containing a dash of the No. 1 cup, so we had some of that while we watched the pageant. I also made myself a large glass of Pimm's to accompany it. Well it would have been rude not to!

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  9. Happy Diamond Jubilee for the Queen! Loved your Pimms - we were in London yesterday, and there was a Pimms lady preparing this wonderful drink to the crowd in Covent Garden - London, we all are,in the party mood:)
    cheers
    Ozlem

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  10. Pimm's!! I love Pimm's! I was up bright and early yesterday to watch Her Madge's Diamond Jubilee! This would've been great! : ) I'm bookmarking yours.

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  11. I've never tried Pimm's but I'm very intrigued. Looks like a great summer refreshment. I'm not a gin lover, so I'd have to sub bourbon or vodka. Some days I'm that desperate.

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  12. I have wanted to try Pimm's for a long time. The drinks look mouthwatering.

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  13. This does look like a tasty way to celebrate! Wish I had not missed the televised Jubilee, perhaps it will come on again. Have a great day!

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  14. Your post made me laugh - when we were kids, we went to a party at the house of some British friends. We knew we shouldn't drink, so we spooned the fruit out of the Pimm's Punch and ate it - and got tipsy anyway!

    It sounds like you had a fun celebration!

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  15. Mary, this looks so delicious and refreshing!

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  16. This looks delicious, I've never had one!

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  17. now that sounds like heaven to me!
    Very pretty as well,

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  18. Very refreshing and pretty too. I did watch some this morning. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your week. Linda

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  19. What a pretty drink, Mary! I'll do a toast to the Queen with a Pimm's. Here's to the Queen! xoxo

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  20. I've heard of Pimms but I never knew what it was, exactly. Now I need to have a Pimm's off!

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  21. i am thinking this sounds amazing! love ginger ale but I bet your fizzy lemonade was the best in it!

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  22. This looks like the perfect way to end a hectic day, or just have a relaxing day. ;)

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  23. Or you can make a great big jug of it - then you don't need to keep topping up - and the fruit gets nicely boozy - just make sure the kids don't polish it off...

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  24. i'm not aware of Pimms but still how i wish i can hv a glass of this right now, it looks fabulous!

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  25. It looks and sounds so delicious and refreshing!

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  26. Thank you, thank you for this tutorial. I have a bottle of Pimm's and this cocktail looks so refreshing.

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  27. Well I'm a teetotaler so I'll skip the Pimms and have the rest!

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  28. This looks amazing! Add Gin if I'm desperate - so funny! It has been a very British day with extensive coverage of the celebration across the pond. So fascinating!

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  29. That couldn't look more refreshing or delicious! I'm jealous! Wish I had the stuff on hand to make it.

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  30. Oooh, this looks like a perfect Summer drink. Love it! Thank you for sharing,Mary!

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  31. Para una gran celebraciĆ³n exquisito trago y refrescante me encanta...salud,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  32. Oh, great timing! I was thinking recently that I wanted to make a Pimm's cup but didn't know how. This is a great guide, now just need some Pimm's! Love the mint and strawberries-- this looks so refreshing and summery!

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  33. I caught a little bit of the Jubilee on television, early this morning. We had rain, ourselves, so we shared that in common. I've never had Pimms, but I'll bet it's very refreshing. Bottoms up!

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  34. I’ve never had Pimm’s, but am looking forward to trying it! Your drink looks so wonderful for a hot afternoon!
    Happy Diamond Jubilee to the Queen!!

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  35. Oh my goodness, I could use a few of these! It's been hot as the dickens around here lately...and this looks so refreshing.

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  36. I have never had or heard of Pimm's... now I wish I had some :)

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  37. Mary when you can come and see my jubilee post!:)

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  38. Oh, delish! I had heard of Pimms but didn't really know what it was until now. How fun to enjoy the festivities of your country in your own special way. We saw bits and pieces and it was amazing to see the whole country so happy and celebrating such a remarkable feat.

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  39. Watching a rainbow with a Pimm's sounds perfect! I need this cocktail to combat our hot weather.

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  40. I really enjoyed all of the Jubilee festivities! Our friends from London have been here several weeks to move into their Texas home. They come over twice a year, and stay for about 2 months, so their son built them a new home near us. I posted a photo of a handmade Diamond Jubilee tea cozy I am giving them as a housewarming gift on my blog. If you have a minute, drop by and take a look.

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  41. I have many fond memories from my stay in England...but one of my favorites was being served a Pimm's lemonade at a friend's home on one of the first warm evenings of the year. I had never had anything quite like it. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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  42. Looks like such a delicious and tasty cocktail.

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  43. I like that: "one shot of gin (if desperate)." Pimm's is my favourite summer bevvy. I make mine with ginger ale, but I won't turn down one made with lemonade!

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