Since “the finger incident” on Sunday, I’ve been fairly useless in the kitchen. I have strict doctor’s orders not to do any dishes, and everything else takes about a gazillion times longer than it should, which basically makes me feel like not doing much of anything. However, while my Chief Culinary Consultant and I were watching some Wimbledon coverage on Monday, the broadcasters mentioned “Pimm’s Cups”, which they said are a signature drink of Wimbledon. I’d never heard of them, but after a quick search I found that they are a cocktail made with Pimm’s No. 1 liquor, lemonade and carbonated soda. During the broadcast, they specifically talked about strawberry Pimm’s cups, which piqued my interest. When my CCC made his grocery run that resulted in Italian cream sodas, he also snagged a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 so I could try my hand at a strawberry version of the cocktail. Good doesn’t even begin to describe it!
This is all you need to mix up a strawberry Pimm’s Cup:
(I forgot the 7UP! You need 7UP, too :))
I made a homemade strawberry syrup, but my guess is that you could substitute a store-bought one from a brand like Torani. That being said, I think the homemade strawberry syrup is what makes this drink; the flavor is fantastic! Plus, once you make a big batch, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a month, so it’s perfect to have at the ready if your’e planning a party.
Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based liquor with a spicy citrus flavor, which makes it the perfect base for this drink. Instead of going the traditional lemonade route, I took the broadcasters’ cue and went with strawberry as the primary flavor, including a splash of lemon juice, and topping off the drink with a lemon-lime soda such as 7UP. The drink is garnished with sliced cucumbers, sliced strawberries and fresh mint.
This is basically everything wonderful about summer in a glass – it’s fruity, bubbly, has a little lemon and a zing. I took a sip and couldn’t believe how fabulous it was, since many times I find mixed drinks to be way too overpowering for me. Wimbledon knows how to do it! I’ll be sipping on this while my finger heals up and I’ll be back with some new recipes next week!
Make the Strawberry Syrup: Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth. Press the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and measure out 1 cup of the strawberry puree. Add it, along with the sugar, to a small saucepan and bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. (The strawberry syrup can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.)
Make the Drink: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the Pimm's No. 1, lemon juice and 1 ounce of the strawberry syrup and shake. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with the 7UP. Garnish with sliced cucumber, strawberries and a sprig of fresh mint.