Monday, August 24, 2009

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Pimms No 1 Cup

British bombshells drink this cocktail like tea during the warmer months. Londoner James Pimm, owner of an 1840's oyster bar invented this lovely thirst-quenching drink. It combines gin, quinine (great for easingnasty cramps ladies!) and a secret mixture of herbs.

This drink is designed to aid digestion.
Makes 1 litre
Ingredients (serves 4)

4 cups ice cubes (freeze strawberries or mint in them if you like!)
1 lemon/orange, cut into thick slices
160ml Pimms No. 1
125ml lemonade, chilled
125ml ginger ale, chilled
Mint leaves
1/2 Lebanese cucumber, cut into thin strips

Place 1/2 the ice into a 1-litre capacity jug. Add lemon slices. Pour Pimm's, then lemonade, ginger ale, mint leaves and even strawberries if you like. Stir with a pretty swizzle stick to combine.
Divide the remaining ice cubes amongst 4 tall, pretty glasses. Place a slice of cucumber into each glass and then fill with cocktail. Serve.

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