Monday, June 30, 2008
Henry James said that the two most beautiful words in the English language are “summer afternoon.” But I’d have to add two more to the list – “Pimm’s Cup.”
Over the years I’ve read a number of novels set in India when it was part of the British Empire. In the novels the British characters were always dashing off to the club for a “Pimm’s Cup.” I never knew what that was until my daughter showed up one hot summer weekend with a bottle of Pimm’s No.1 Cup. She proceeded to make us the most wonderful of summer drinks – lots of ice, Pimm’s and ginger ale, with the addition of a thin slice of cucumber and a squeeze of lemon. The drink has a slightly astringent/tart/sweet/herbal flavor which is incredibly refreshing on a hot day.
Serving Pimm’s Cup is a summer tradition at our house now. Really, if you haven’t tried it, you are in for a wonderful treat!