2 oz. Pimm’s No.1 Liquor
1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
1/4 oz. Cointreau
1 Orange Wedge
1 Lemon Wedge
1 Lime Wedge
1 Strawberry (quartered)
1.5 oz. All Natural Ginger Ale
I have a real affinity for the Pimm’s Cup of The Napoleon House in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Ok, let’s be honest - I actually have a real affinity for a Pimm’s Cup whenever and wherever I can get one.
While I know the drink didn’t originate in New Orleans, I always associate it with New Orleans - it’s the first place I had one, and for some reason they always seem to taste better there. You know that taste / memory sense thing… it’s quite powerful.
Typically though a Pimm’s Cup is a relatively simple drink of just Pimm’s No.1 Liquor (a gin based liquor), some lemonade, and either ginger ale or lemon / lime soda (and some people include a cucumber slice for garnish). Simple & very refreshing.
I wanted to make a little bit of my own version, and decided to go with the French influence of New Orleans in using the Lillet Blanc (a French blended wine with citrus flavor) and the Cointreau (a French orange liquor). I have to say - both were great choices, and a perfect complement to an already good drink.
Making the drink
Add into a shaker the orange wedge, lemon, wedge, lime wedge, and quartered strawberry. Muddle the ingredients well, releasing all their juices into the mixing glass. Then add in the Pimms, Lillet, and Cointreau. Add ice to your mixing glass and then shake well. Double strain (using both a cocktail strainer & fine mesh strainer) into a highball glass filled with ice. Add in the all natural (no fake stuff - you know how I feel about that) ginger ale (I’m partial to Boylan’s). Stir ingredients well for a few seconds and then serve.
I downed this whole thing in just a matter of a few minutes. It rocked.
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- ellewagner said: This sounds so brilliant! Will definitely have to try my hand at it soon.
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- helveticafutura said: My very fabulous London expat friend would make it with lots of fruit (oranges, strawberries,apples, and lemons) Pimm’s no.1, lemon-line soda,and some extra gin for good measure. :) I do love Lillet, and may have to try it your way!
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