Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer afternoon...


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!

9 comments:

Susan's Scribbles said...

Oh, must try this. Wonder where I can find it? I had never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing. Might help deal with all of this smoke we have in the valley here (Northern California)!

willow said...

This is totally new to me and I am very intrigued! This sounds wonderful and so Merchant Ivory. I am adding this to my list.

Sandy said...

Well I must try this - sounds wonderful and exotic and the sketch is fabulous, ice is to hard!!(literally and figuratively :-)

Lynn said...

Sharon, I love this sketch! I just bought a bottle of Pimm's last weekend and made my first drink from it. Now I'm a fan. It's so quintessentially British, don't you think?

Marsha Robinett said...

Sharon, the drawing is enough to make me thirsty...but your added description of the "summer drink" is enough to make me absolutely parched. going to have to get me some. Hope they have it here.

A Brush with Color said...

You know, I have heard of that, too and have never made that drink--I'm really wanting one now! You make it look tantalizing!

mARTa said...

I'm admiring your reds and how your month's worth of red is paying off. As for the drink, yeah, pass me a glass!

paris parfait said...

I, too have read all those references in tales of the British Raj. How terrific that you're actually drinking them! (I've never had one, but now that you've described it, will try next time I have the opportunity).

paris parfait said...

I, too have read all those references in tales of the British Raj. How terrific that you're actually drinking them! (I've never had one, but now that you've described it, will try next time I have the opportunity).