Happy Mardi Gras, Y’all! I am not one of the fortunate creole folks who will be reveling with the closest of my thousand friends along Bourbon Street riding in parades or stuffing myself silly with beignets but I am sharing a little bit of the Mardi Gras magic with you today in the form of a classic cocktail: The Pimm’s Cup.
Now I know what you’re thinking, the Pimm’s Cup is a traditionally British concoction enjoyed by those of us overseas and across the pond alike. This classic and refreshing cocktail is best served alongside polo matches with gentlemen in linen blazers and ladies in seersucker dresses. However, this drink made its way to the heart of New Orleans due to its refreshing nature and quickly became a favorite of Mardi Gras-ers because of its easy to drink (and easier to make) nature.
The most difficult thing about this recipe is sourcing Pimm’s Liqueur, the rest of it is relatively simple so long as you know how to navigate the perimeter of the grocery store! You will also need a high ball glass (these gilded ones make for some fun Mardi Gras flair!) to serve it in.
I remember the first time I had a Pimm’s cup almost 7 years ago- after asking bar after bar after restaurant after restaurant, I finally found one at Salt in downtown Roswell, and it was love at first sip! I hope that you have the same affection for it as I have. Cheers!
- 2 ounces Pimm's Liqueur
- 1 ounce gin
- 2 ounces flat lemonade
- Lemon Lime Soda
- Cucumber slices (for garnish)
- Orange slices (for garnish)
- Lime Slices (for garnish)
- Lemon Slices (for garnish)
- Mint (for garnish)
- In a highball glass, combine Pimm's, gin, and lemonade over ice.
- Top the concoction off with lemon lime soda.
- Add in your fruit and cucumber slices and top with a skewer of cucumber for a fun effect.
- To slice your cucumber thinly, slice the cucumber in half length-wise and then with a cheese grater, start peeling the skin back in long slices being careful not to cut your finger.