A simple, elegant cocktail featuring Pimm’s Cup No. 1 for warm-weather parties, or unseasonably warm September evenings
I know, it’s the middle of September. But we are STILL having a heat wave, and it’s nearly 100 degrees as I write this post. So I have cocktails on the brain. Lest you think we are all a bunch of wimps in Southern California. Well, we are. But we also don’t have air conditioning like other hot parts of the country. Most people I know don’t have A/C. We have one room with a window unit. So the dog, The Husband, and I have been living in that one room for quite a while now. Togetherness. Maybe that’s why I need a cocktail?
I feel very lucky to have one cool room, and am looking forward to winter showing up, whatever that looks like this year. I dream of the day when we can install solar panels and a Tesla PowerWall, as the first thing I’ll do is replace our furnace with an HVAC unit.
The first time I had a Pimm’s cocktail was when some urbane friends in Chicago invited me over for a dinner party. I don’t drink much, but that cocktail was memorable: a hot evening, the freshness of the herbs, the lemon, the icy coolness of the gin.
Pimm’s Cup No. 1 is a British aperitif: gin-based and infused with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It is the only version of Pimm’s that is regularly for sale here in the U.S., and worth a trip to a well-stocked liquor store. It makes a lovely summer cocktail. If you do not have access to fresh lemon verbena, use fresh mint leaves, basil leaves, or a mixture of mint and basil.