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Sporting a Pimm’s Cup for the London Olympics

A contemporary litre bottle of Pimms No1

A contemporary litre bottle of Pimms No1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Jen

It seems like the euro 2012 tournament just ended. Now we are eagerly anticipating the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics! Summer has been flying by on the baseball fields where I witness America’s youth working out strategy of the game, building personal confidence and creating the dustiest, dirtiest set of socks to launder back home. Sports are a right of passage for our children. Whether it’s sandlot or competitive travel, you see kids discover who they are, through their physical and mental effort. I think this is why we love the Olympics.

My personal effort comes from “What shall we eat and drink this evening, as we turn Nicole’s gazebo into a London pub?” We love everything English. We love everything OLYMPICS! Nicole and I have come a long way since our frugal road trip to the Atlanta Olympics back in 1996. We survived on packages of Nutterbutter cookies, taking naps in Centennial Park with the occasional visit to The Waffle House for some breakfast. We survived the heat and ridiculous Hotlanta phenomenon of multiple streets being named “Peachtree”. The ultimate reward was seeing Andre Agassi practice on a side court at Stone Mountain!

Tonight we will serve Boddingtons Pub Ale for the men and Pimm’s Cups for the ladies. There is nothing more appealing that sitting in the Napolean House in the French Quarter in New Orleans on a rainy day, sipping a Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Back in the 1840s, this cocktail was created in London by James Pimm using his signature gin named Pimm’s No. 1. You can go super simple or more complex for this drink recipe. I’ve included two options below. Have highball glasses or pilsners ready to go.  I like to use Persian cucumbers for garnishes as they are miniature, have a nice texture and look great in a glass.

Super Easy Pimm’s Cup

Fill two glasses with ice.
Add 3 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 and 6 ounces of lemonade.
Top off with 7UP.
Garnish with cucumber spear.

If you prefer no high fructose corn syrup, try organic lemonade and replace the 7Up with IZZI Apple Sparkling Natural Soda.

Complex Pimm’s Cup

Fill two glasses with ice.
Add a sprig of mint and a sprig of thyme.
Place the following in a cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds:
• 3/4 cup of Pimm’s No. 1
• 1 tspn of agave nectar or 1/2 tspn of bar sugar
• 3 Tbsn. of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shake well.
Pour into glasses.
Top off with ginger beer.
Garnish with cucumber spear.

Our appetizer samplings will include:
• Bangers and garlic fries with stone ground mustard
• Gloucester cheese with freshly sliced granny smith apples
• Green garden salad with red onion topped off with raspberry dressing
• Battered and baked halibut with homemade tarter sauce
• Curry chicken tenders

Enjoy the opening ceremony! We hear the first 15 minutes will blow your socks off!

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