The perfect accessory to a beautiful, breezy day, full of endless possibility, is the perfect cocktail to make it more memorable. A day in the park, the beach, or the bar with friends in the Spring is not a perfect day without a Pimm’s Cup, especially in New Orleans. This traditionally British concoction has had a large presence in NOLA for years now. It’s light and refreshing taste makes it a great cooling sipper on those hot days and satisfies those fruit cravings we have in hot weather.
The most popular variation of Pimm’s No.1, a gin-based digestif and is used to make the original Pimm’s Cup. But, my favorite Pimm’s variation is their Blackberry and Elderflower. It has just the right amount of balance between being fruity and herbaceous. It is vodka-based, but you can hardly tell.. The blackberry flavor is very abrupt in the liquer, while the elderflower is more subtle with its citrus nodes coming about after swallowing. When mixer is added, the flavors mesh awesomely for a light flavor overload. It reminds me of a red sangria flavor, but still all its own.
What You Will Need
- Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower
- sparkling water (optional)
- orange and lemon slices
- cucumber slices
- sugar/simple syrup
1 – In a large glass of your choice, preferably Collins or larger, add 1 lemon slice, l orange slice, some cucumber slices, 5-10 mint leaves, and .75 oz. simple syrup or .5 oz sugar and muddle. Top glass with ice.
2 – Add 2 oz. of Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower, 2 oz. lemonade, and a splash of sparkling water. Mix drink once and pour back into glass.
3 – Garnish with a mint sprig, cucumber wedge, lemon, or orange wedge, and blackberries, if available. Serve.
Et Voila !
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