Haute n the Kitchen

Entertaining Inspired by my Travels & Traditions

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It is still punishingly hot. The sun felt hot enough today that I actually thought it possible that I could melt. I should not complain as I am a self-proclaimed sun worshipper and lover of all things SUMMER. Its true. I should not complain because the sun shines every morning when I wake and stays with me now until almost 9:30 in the evening. I should not complain but…

Today my “to do” list was veeeeerrry long and the number of “scratched from the list” was weak, very weak. Leaving tomorrow for a BIG weekend (more on that to come) and feeling the pressure of the to do list.

So after already being really really hot, I was then really really bothered! There is only one cure  for this ailment. A Drink!

But what to drink? Its too hot for wine. Its too thick for a bloaty beer. Something light, clean and hard. I normally would go for a G&T, which is seemingly perfect in this weather. But I just wasn’t in the mood. Then it hit me and I headed to the nearest watering hole…PIMMS!

Pimms No. 1 Cup

Pimms No. 1 Cup

“Pimm’s was first produced in 1823, by James Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent who became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. Pimm offered the tonic, (a gin-based drink containing quinineand a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a “No. 1 Cup”, hence its subsequent name. Pimm’s began large-scale production in 1851 to keep up with sales to other bars. The distillery began selling it commercially in 1859 using hawkers on bicycles. In 1865 Pimm sold the business and the right to use his name to Frederick Saywer. In 1880 the business was acquired by future Mayor of London Horatio Daviesand a chain of Pimm’s Oyster Houses was franchised in 1887. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimm’s

It was the perfect comprise to a G&T, still gin, still with quinine, still with a bit of lime but also apples, oranges, cucumbers and mint. Gorgeous.

One down…two down…feeling less bothered, but still hot and now a bit peckish. Ordered oysters. 3 Fanny Bay from British Columbia and 3 Quonset Point from Rhode Island. The Fanny Bays won. Plump, creamy, rich little guys. Needed no garnish. Slurped them down with just the sea water, and a sip of Pimms 🙂

Oysters @ Perlas

Oysters @ Perlas

Less bothered now. Still hot.

PIMMS No. 1 Cup

1 bottle PIMMS N0. 1 Cup

1 small orange, peeled and sliced

1 small apple, peeled and sliced

2-3 limes, sliced

1 small cucumber, sliced thinly into semi-circles

1 bunch fresh mint

1 pint strawberries, sliced

1 ginger ale or lemon lime soda

Fill tall clear drinking glasses with ice, fruits, cucumber and some fresh mint sprigs. Add 3-4 (oh hell, 5 or 6) tablespoons of Pimms No.1 to each glass and top up with ginger ale or lemonade or lime soda. Give a stir, garnish the rim with an orange or cucumber or strawberry slice or all of the above and then toast the British for this lovely summer cocktail. Cheers!

PS. Its in the book, page 64, “An English Summer”

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