Pimm’s and Lemonade

In the scorching summer months, the plebeian tendency towards beer, while appealing, should be tempered with some cultured drinking. This is becoming extremely difficult given the growing cultural divide between quality alcoholism and your regular garden variety form of drunkenness.

If you are looking then to provide something to drink over the summer that simultaneously displays the hints of cultural sophistication that you were hoping to project, while staying true to your democratic drinking roots, consider a pitcher of Pimm’s and Lemonade. Simple, refreshing and easy as your sister, a pitcher of Pimm’s has and will always quench your thirst, usually after the sixth glass.

If you haven’t ever heard of Pimm’s, it’s a drink traditionally enjoyed in the UK, where it is as common as the phrase “King and Country.” Still, it is widely available in Canada, which suggests that it does have some grassroots support.

The drink is easy to prepare and requires little more than a large pitcher to be on hand.

  • Fill the pitcher roughly half-way with Pimm’s.
  • Slice up an apple and a third of a cucumber and toss both into pitcher, garnish with a sprig of mint.
  • When you are ready to serve simply add 7-Up.

The beauty of this drink is its simplicity. It can be prepared hours or minutes in advance of its necessity, and can easily accommodate a large number of people without the strain that goes along with trying to manufacture twelve frozen banana daiquiris. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of robinbyles.

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