Hey everyone! Today’s post is written by Caitlin, who absolutely FRILLS us when it comes to fun, fresh cocktail recipes. Be on the lookout for Caitlin in the coming months, as she continues to share some of her frilling cocktail recipes!
With the London Olympics approaching and it being so incredibly hot here in Philadelphia, I wanted to share my favorite summertime drink using an English based liqueur: Pimm’s Cups!
A Pimm’s Cup is a great, refreshing, and delicious cocktail that is easy to make, low in alcohol content, and it’s one of those drinks that everyone and their grandmother has version of. Therefore, it’s hard to mess up and once you feel more comfortable with making it, you can start putting your own flare to it.
I called upon my friend, Sudeep Rangi, to put in his two cents. Sudeep recently moved to Philadelphia. Prior to that he has been behind the bar of some of San Francisco’s top cocktail and bar programs including: Smuggler’s Cove, Comstock Saloon, The Burritt Room, and Wo Hing General Store.
Me? I’m just a lover of summertime cocktails as well as hosting get togethers that include a signature drink. So, here’s how to make our version of a Pimm’s cup:
1 large lemon cut in half
4-5 fresh mint leaves plus a sprig for garnish
2-3 cucumber slices plus a slice for garnish
1 oz. sparkling water
2 oz. Ginger Beer
2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
Squeeze half of the lemon into a glass. Toss in your mint and cucumber and lightly muddle to release the oils.
Line the glass with sliced lemon (if you want to get fancy) and fill the glass with ice. Add your sparkling water, Ginger Beer, and Pimm’s No.1. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of cucumber or lemon.
And there you have it! A summertime cocktail to wow your friends – a drink that you can make right in the glass. You don’t have to shake it, blend it, or do anything complicated. Once you feel more comfortable with making the drink, start throwing in whatever fruit you want: strawberry, watermelon, blueberries, etc. Just be sure to use fresh ingredients.
What’s your favorite summertime drink? Share in the comments or post on Instagram with #frillingcocktails