Pimm's Cup

Pimm's Cup
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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So the saying goes. Although our families are all happy and healthy, life sometimes throws us curve balls, and we have to decide what to do in difficult circumstances. For us, this week has included hurricane-like weather on Mexico vacations and one husband’s dream job not realized. But in these circumstances, we choose to make the best of them. Mexico was still a vacation. Rain can’t spoil the fun of being with loved ones. And besides, you’re gonna get wet while playing in the pool and ocean anyway, right? As for the loss of the dream job, you’ve heard it before….where one door closes…


If you aren’t familiar with Pimm’s, its a gin-based liqueur containing a secret mixture of herbs and it is the key ingredient for the classic cocktail Pimm’s Cup.

We probably aren’t the only ones hurdling disappointment. After all, how boring would life be if everything were easy and we never had to exercise our ability to cope? Ok, maybe boring isn’t the right word. Simple? And who likes simple? Me Me Me! Well, too bad. It’s life and frankly, it never will be. However, it can be enjoyed. We choose to use words like full as opposed to busy and say “alright” instead of “again”. We also are going to keep eating. This is a food blog after all, not a self-help blog. We like to think no one likes good food more than us, but that isn’t true or you wouldn’t be reading this.

Pimm's Cup

So, here is your recipe for the week. Its a drink because life, in all fashion, deserves to be celebrated. And lemons, well, they deserve to be used. We made this up in a pitcher using Pimm’s No. 1 liquor as a recent contribution to a summer BBQ—and it was goooood. If you aren’t familiar with Pimm’s, its a gin-based liqueur containing a secret mixture of herbs and it is the key ingredient for the classic cocktail Pimm’s Cup. The salmon burgers that we devoured with them were pretty delicious too.

Pimm's Cup

Pimm's Cup

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cans of lemon San Pellegrino
1 cup Pimm's No. 1
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cucumber, sliced
8 strawberries, quartered
8 basil leaves, torn
lemon slices, for garnish

Method

In a pitcher mix the Pellegrino, Pimm’s, and lemon juice. Mix in cucumber, strawberries, and basil. Let stand for 10 mins. Fill 4 highball glasses with ice and pour cocktail evenly over the ice, making sure each glass gets equal amounts of cucumber, basil, and strawberries. Garnish with lemon.