This seasonal twist on a Pimm’s Cup is what chef Lili Dagan likes to call a ”slow sipper;” a low-alcohol drink that can be enjoyed in abundance without overdoing it.
Have you ever tried to spend a day drinking in New Orleans? It is not an easy feat. This is probably why Big Easyans have invented so many creative cocktails that are perfect to enjoy out of a to-go cup as a parade marches on, basking in the buzz of the city’s famously relaxed drinking laws. Too tired to keep on? Have a frozen Irish coffee drink! Need to commit to an all-day affair but don’t have the tolerance required? The low-alcohol and delightfully refreshing classic Pimm’s Cup is your pal.
Popularized in the states by the Napolean House, a beloved New Orleans establishment, the classic Pimm’s Cup is Pimm’s No1, lemonade, and 7-up with a cucumber garnish. When I visited a few winters ago, a seasonally appropriate satsuma mandarin Pimm’s was on the specials menu. A seasonal Pimm’s Cup! What a thought!
When I stopped by the farmers market this week, both peaches and cucumbers were bountiful. The heat was suffocating, and I was craving something refreshing to drink whilst watering my plants. Pimm’s is already a low-alcohol spirit, and after mixing it with sparkling sodas, the Pimm’s Cup transforms into a smooth-jazz kind of drinking experience. Why, it’s even possible to enjoy three while tending to the stoop plants. In that spirit, please enjoy this peachy cucumber Pimm’s Cup responsibly, and laissez les bons temps roule!
Le Bon Tom Roulle Peach Pimm’s Cup
Makes 2 Tall Drinks
- 1 Peach
- 1 Cucumber
- 4 Oz Pimm’s No1.
- 2 Oz lemon soda **We recommend Fentiman’s Lemonade as the botanical flavors complement this drink wonderfully.
- 2 Oz ginger beer
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle ½ the peach, 2 slices of cucumber (about ¼ inch thick), two springs of mint, and a coin of ginger.
- Fill the shaker with ice and add 4 oz Pimm’s. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Strain the shaker contents into the glass. Top with 2 oz lemon soda and 2 oz ginger beer and stir to combine.
- Top off with equal amounts of lemon soda and ginger beer as the remaining space in your glass allows.Garnish your cocktail with mint, peach slices, and cucumber slices. Add a fun umbrella if you have one leftover from your piña colada.