Summer is the season for entertaining and us Aussies love our summer bbq’s but we thought this season, we could channel a bit of the ol’ Cool Brittania for a British inspired summer party with Pimms, a drink that we are very impartial to here in the office. Having lived in London many years ago, we loved any excuse to sip our Pimms in the outdoors during the very short summer months of Britain, any excuse I’m telling you!
The Brits have been turning to Pimm’s as their summertime drink of choice since 1823 so here we are paying homage to their bevvy of choice, we’ve got a refreshing recipe for you as well as some do’s and don’ts to remember when you’re planning your British inspired summer garden party!
Whenever the sun’s out in the afternoon, it’s Pimm’s O’Clock in Britain! Bursting with fresh fruit and mint, coupled with a light refreshing taste of spice and citrus this fruity concoction is stylishly perfect with cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam & cream, a variety of sweet treats as well as the good ol’ traditional Aussie bbq.
To maintain the British status quo of channeling a traditional summer garden party, there is some Pimms etiquette you need to remember:
- DO share a jug of Pimm’s with friends. You can’t have Pimm’ O’Clock without a bunch of chums!
- DO make sure your jug is overflowing with the freshest strawberries, juiciest oranges and crunchiest cucumber for a truly scrummy drink. Pimm’s is all about the trimmings!
- DO stamp your own unique style to the Pimm’s cocktail. Serve Pimm’s in a vintage tumbler, recycled jam jars or decorate with retro paper straws.
- DO have a jolly good time when enjoying Pimm’s. The sun’s out, there’s good friends around and Pimm’s is flowing – that’s jolly good news!
- DON’T stick your fingers into a shared Pimm’s jug to fish out the fruit. There’s nothing wrong with reaching in for a scrummy strawberry – but make sure you don’t use your hands!
- DON’T cut your cucumbers into sloppy, chunky wedges. Think elegant cucumber sandwiches and thinly slice your cucumbers in true British style.
- DON’T serve your Pimm’s jug warm. A fine summer’s day calls for plenty of ice every time!
- DON’T forget the fresh mint sprigs. As well as looking ace, it will guarantee your Pimm’s goes down a treat!
This traditional recipe can be adapted:
- 30ml Pimms No. 1 Cup
- Top up with lemonade
- Add thin slices of cucumber and orange
- Add hulled and quartered strawberries
- Add mint sprigs
- Pour over ice
Remember of course to drink responsibly.
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