Friday, July 8, 2011

Pimm's No. 1 makes for a No. 1 refreshing cocktail

Trying a cocktail recipe with the liqueur Pimm’s No. 1 has been on my “must-make-someday” list for quite a while now, and I got around to trying it on a recent weekend.
   I’m glad I made the time, because Pimm's Cup with Ginger Ale (click for the recipe) from Martha Stewart Living magazine was an absolute delight.
   Refreshing is the ideal word for it. It’s perfect for sipping before an outdoor barbecue on the deck.
   Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based liqueur that originated in Britain, where it was first made in the early 19th century.
   Today the Brits drink Pimm’s cocktails at polo matches, regattas, horse races and Wimbledon.
   The Pimm’s cocktail I made is amazingly simple to make. Store-bought lemonade, ginger ale, Pimm’s No. 1 and gin are mixed in pitcher filled with ice cubes.
   You may want to mix up the pitcher ingredients a bit ahead of serving the drinks so the ice can melt slightly, which adds water and lessens the initial sting of the hard liquor.

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