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20 June 10

Pimm’s O’Clock

Wimbledon starts tomorrow, and that means it’s time to break out the Pimm’s!  Pimm’s used to make six different varieties, but most of them have sadly been phased out.  The only ones left in production, as far as I know, are Pimm’s No. 1, gin-based and the most famous of the lot, and the seasonal Pimm’s Winter Cup, which used to be No. 3 and is brandy-based.  Wikipedia claims that No. 6, the vodka-based Pimm’s, is still made in small batches, but I’ve never seen it.  Nos. 2, 4, and 5 were, respectively, Scotch-, rum-, and rye-based, and it would be awesome if some day the company would bring them all back for at least a limited run.  But in the meantime, we can still make and enjoy the traditional cocktail of Wimbledon:

PIMM’S CUP

· 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 
· 3 oz. fresh lemonade (to be “authentic” use lemon-lime soda instead)
· Club soda or sweet soda

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass and garnish with an English cucumber spear and an apple slice. If you’re making this in a pitcher, chuck in whatever fresh berries or citrus fruits you have on hand to add to the flavour.

Sources: Dale DeGroff and Pimm’s

It turns out, however, that the official Pimm’s website has a whole series of other cocktail recipes using Pimm’s No. 1, none of which I’ve ever tried but all of which seem like they might be worth making soon:

PIMM’S PIMPOM

· 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 
· 4 1/2 oz. Pomegranate juice

Serve over ice in a highball glass and garnish with an orange slice and ripped basil.

PIMM’S ROYALE

· 1 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 
· Cava or Champagne

Pour the Pimm’s into a champagne flute and add a strawberry. Fill with the Cava and serve.

PIMM’S DEUCE

· 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 
· Orange juice
· Cranberry juice

Pour the Pimm’s over ice in a highball glass. Fill with equal parts orange and cranberry juice. Garnish with a strawberry and an orange slice.

PIMM’S GINGER

· 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 
· Ginger ale

Pour the Pimm’s over ice in a highball glass and fill with ginger ale. Garnish with a spring of mint and a slice of lemon.

PIMM’S WINTER

· 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s Winter
· Apple juice, warm

Pour the Pimm’s into a mug and fill with the warmed apple juice. Garnish with slices of apple and orange.

Source: Pimm’s

4 June 10

The Belmont Stakes

Tomorrow is the last of the Triple Crown races this year, and while I’m not much of a horseracing fan I am a big fan of racing-inspired cocktails.  While it may not be as famous a collaboration as the Kentucky Derby/Mint Julep, the Belmont Stakes actually has an official Dale DeGroff-created cocktail that debuted in 1998.  Before that, they had a different official cocktail called the White Carnation, which I believe was meant to match the race’s official flower and trophy. Dale’s cocktail sounds much better to me, but I believe I am honor-bound to attempt both tomorrow even if I never actually watch the race itself! Or maybe especially then.

BELMONT BREEZE

· 1 1/2 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon
· 1/2 oz. Dry Sack Sherry
· 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
· 1/2 oz. simple syrup
· Splash fresh orange juice
· Splash cranberry juice
· 5 mint leaves
· 1 mint sprig
· 1 orange zest

Assemble the first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel and mint sprig.

Source: Dale DeGroff

THE WHITE CARNATION

· 2 oz. Vodka
· 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
· 2 oz. Orange Juice
· Soda
· Cream

Stir liquors and soda together and pour over ice in a highball glass. Splash cream over top then garnish with an orange slice.

Source: Webtender

Finally, I’m not sure this one has anything to do with the race, but if you want a third option here is another cocktail that technically has “Belmont” in its name:

155 BELMONT

· 1 shot Dark rum
· 2 shots Light rum
· 1 shot Vodka
· 1 shot Orange juice

Blend with ice. Serve in a wine glass. Garnish with carrot.

Source: Webtender

27 May 10

Sangria

It’s just about summertime here in the city, and that means it’s also just about time for sangria!  And if I might recommend: skip the sugar.  This recipe turned out well for me, but I didn’t add any sugar and I imagine it would make the whole thing way too sweet.

nanisrecipes:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
Dark Rum
Red Wine
White Grape Juice / Orange Juice
Strawberries
Grapes
Lemon
Oranges
Assorted Berries
Sugar

PREPARATION

1. Cut the fruit and allow it to soak in the fridge overnight in a shallow container filled with rum.
2. Rub lime on the rim of the glass and line it with cane sugar.
3. Fill 1/3 of a cocktail glass with fruit and add a shot of rum / brandy.
4. In a jug, mix one packet of grape juice with 1 bottle of red wine. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix it vigorously. If it is too sweet, add some soda. Wine can be added as desired.
5. Pour this mix over the fruit + rum + ice mix.
6. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy.

*White wine and rum can be substituted for red wine / dark rum.

Reblogged: nanisrecipes

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh