Pimm’s and Tonic

As Eric and I packed for our weeklong trip to the Cape, we both felt it was necessary to box up some of our liquor cabinet.  What a shame it would be if we wanted to make a drink with vermouth in it, only to find we had none! Our traveling bar was chalk-full of bottles of Aperol, St. Germain, Pimm’s, and assorted infused syrups and bitters. Over the next seven days, more than a few of those were emptied.  We were very productive.

Unlike the traditional Pimm’s Cup, which is a simple concoction of Pimm’s topped with lemon-lime soda, I decided to use tonic and add a splash of Aperol to kick things up a notch.  A squeeze of lemon and a cucumber garnish turns this into the perfect late summer beverage.  It almost makes you forget how quickly this summer is flying by.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarAugust 14, 2013 - 7:34 am

Tonic and Aperol sound great with Pimms! This is such a fabulous idea!!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthAugust 14, 2013 - 10:00 am

you guys always create the most delicious concoction of things.

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)August 14, 2013 - 10:21 am

Haha–that’s what vacation is for, right?! Spring cleaning, if you will.

Pimms is probably one of my favorite cocktails! Love this–especially the spirals of cucumber in it. Beautiful.

Kelly Senyei | Just a TasteAugust 14, 2013 - 12:01 pm

This looks so incredibly refreshing! Love those thin strips of cucumber!

JanAugust 14, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I like that you transform your liquor cabinet into a “travelling bar”. That’s awesome. I’m a huge fan of Pimm’s and I think I’d like your drink better than the usual overly sweet Pimm’s cocktails served at bars!

Love the twist. A glass of this on a summers day = bliss!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 15, 2013 - 3:10 pm

I dig this traveling liquor cabinet idea!

Andrew FrishmanAugust 15, 2013 - 10:19 pm

MMnnnn… I LOVES me some Pimms… Actually I feel kind of ambivalent about them, but I’ve got to keep up appearances.

Todas las bebidas no son iguales.

MonetAugust 15, 2013 - 11:02 pm

This looks lovely Brian. The thinly sliced cucumber is the perfect touch. My good friend always orders Pimms. I’ll have to make this for him the next time he visits. He’ll think me a very good friend. Thank you for sharing!

KristenAugust 16, 2013 - 12:17 am

If this will make summer slow down, I’ll take 3. Thank you :)

JoanneAugust 16, 2013 - 7:26 am

I’m thinking you should just make a traveling liquor cabinet so that you’ll never be without any of the necessities!! I’ve actually never had a pimm’s cup but have been seeing them around lately…feel like it’s a sign I should get my act together and try one!

sippitysupAugust 16, 2013 - 5:19 pm

I have a funny memory of my first experience with Pimm’s. I saw “a Pimm’s Cup” written on a chalkboard menu, so I ordered it… “up”. Having never ordered one before I had no idea they were a rocks only preparation. Foolish me! But it did cause me to invent a “Pimm’s Cup Up” for my new book. Might as well turn an embarrassing moment into something worthwhile. GREG

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