It’s Pimms o’clock!
No, seriously, it is. How do I know? Let’s just say us Brits have an innate sense about these things.
But what does “pimms o’clock” mean? I hear you ask. Well, if you’re British, you probably know. But if you’re not, let me paint you a picture:
The sun is shining, it’s hot and lovely outside. You’ve nothing better to do but sit back and relax with a delicious drink. Maybe there’s some green grass and a picnic involved, maybe it’s your front porch or your backyard. Either way, there’s no need to worry about what time it is, nothing in the world matters apart from this moment…like I said, it’s Pimms o’clock.
Drinking Pimm’s is one of those things that’s synonymous with the English summertime for me. Just as steak and ale pie reminds me of cosy warm pubs in the dead of winter, Pimm’s reminds me of summertime picnics, barbecues, and pub gardens. It’s fancy enough for a summer wedding, garden party, or Henley Regatta and casual enough to enjoy with your feet up in your backyard with friends.
Grab your biggest pitcher and make one of the best summertime drinks there is. One part Pimms to two or three parts lemonade (depending how sassy you’re feelin’). Throw in some fresh mint, cucumber, strawberries, and orange and you’ve got the classic! Bottoms up!
Classic Pimm’s Cup
makes 4-5 long drinks
- 7 oz (200ml) Pimm’s No. 1
- 21 oz (600ml) lemonade (Sprite or 7Up is great – I happened to have real lemonade on hand which was lovely)
- 2 cups of ice
- several fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 of an English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1/2 an orange, sliced
- small handful strawberries, quartered
- Fill a pitcher or jug with ice. Pour Pimm’s into pitcher and top up with lemonade.
- Add the mint, cucumber, orange, and strawberries. Cheers!