Last Friday, we had a Comms Team BBQ and didn’t Canberra and Lake Burley Griffin put on its finest! We meandered across the bridge with an esky full of wine, beer and sausages … and a sneaky bottle of Pimms.
For those who don’t know, Pimm's was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm, a farmer's son from Kent who became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. Pimm offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a "No. 1 Cup", hence its subsequent name. Pimm's began large-scale production in 1851 to keep up with sales to other bars. The distillery began selling it commercially in 1859 using hawkers on bicycles. In 1865, Pimm sold the business and the right to use his name to Frederick Sawyer. In 1880 the business was acquired by future Lord Mayor of London, Horatio Davies, and a chain of Pimm's Oyster Houses was franchised in 1887. (thanks Wiki)
Pimm's No. 1 Cup is based on gin and can be served both on ice or in cocktails. It has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, and tastes subtly of spice and citrus fruit. It is often taken with "English-style" (clear and carbonated) lemonade, as well as various chopped fresh ingredients, particularly apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberry, and borage, though nowadays most substitute mint. Ginger ale is a common substitute for lemonade. Pimm's can also be mixed with champagne (or a sparkling white wine), called a "Pimm's Royal Cup". Its base as bottled is 25% alcohol by volume. (thanks again Wiki)
1 bottle of Pimms 3 bottles of 1.25L Lemonade (try not to substitute with Sprite) 1 lemon 1 apple 1 blood orange 1 punnet of strawberries 2 cucumbers 1 large bunch of mint ICE
Thinly slice the lemon, apple and blood orange and place into your jug. Cut the green tops off your strawberries and then slice into quarters, before adding them to the jug as well. Fill the half the jug with crushed ice, before adding 1/3 of a bottle of Pimms and 1 bottle of lemonade.
Stir using a large sprig of mint – or add your large sprig of mint and mix with the handle of a wooden spoon – then add some more mint leave to the punch.
To serve, place a long thin slice of cucumber into each glass and fill with punch (making sure that each glass has some fruit in it, specifically making sure that each glass has some mint and strawberries).
REPEAT - until everyone is sufficiently merry (welcome to the silly season).