Cause or Effect? Pimms Cup is linked to warm-weather activities, from Wimbledon to horse racing.
- Fill a Collins glass with ice.
- Mix 1 part Pimms Cup No. 1 with 2 parts lemonade.
- Stir or shake.
- Top off with club soda, or use lemon-lime soda for a sweeter drink.
- Stir lightly -- but do NOT shake again.
- Garnish with a slice of Kirby cucumber; lemon wedge optional.
- If no lemonade is at hand, use Sprite or 7-Up.
- To make with ginger ale, use plenty of lemons.
- Mint, apple and orange can be added.
- For the coup de grace, use borage leaves.
With Wimbledon wrapping up this weekend we take a look at the beverage most associated with the event: the Pimms Cup. Michele Norris speaks with Martin Joyce, director of catering for Wimbledon, about what's in the drink — and why it pairs so well with watching tennis.
Since its beginnings in the middle of the 19th century, Pimms has remained a British hot-weather favorite. With flavors that recall gin and a color like that of iced tea, Pimms is a natural thirst-quencher. And at only 50 proof, it's a bit safer to quaff courtside, where decorum counts.