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Plump for a Pimms or Mash up a Mojito?

Pimms

Drink Reviews, Drinks | 3rd July 2015 | By

Cocktails are apparently on the up in the UK. This is a trend that I, for one, am happy to see. Ever since I had my first glass of Pimms as a teenager, I perk up when I hear the word cocktail. Mojitos are a rather more recent discovery for me, but now I’ve had the odd, ahem, one or two, I’m finding it hard to make a choice. Would you plump for a Pimms or make friends with a Mojito?

Cocktails

According to Thebar.com, we Brits are a divided nation when it comes to cocktails, as you can see from the infographic below. Northerners go for a classic gin & tonic whilst Southerners prefer a Pimms no. 1 with lemonade. It’s mojitos all the way for the Welsh and the Scots are rather fond of them too; incredibly they come in slightly above a whisky and ginger. As for the Midlanders, they are somewhere in between, with divided loyalties: some opt for a glass of G&T and others go for Pimms. To be honest now summer has arrived, give me a comfy seat in a pretty garden with a few good friends and I’m happy with pretty much any cocktail you care to hand me – just let it be cool with plenty of ice.

Cocktail Distribution

However, it’s no use waiting for a cocktail to magically appear at my side, time to shake up one or two of my own. I’d just been sent the means to do so after all. A rather heavy wooden box, nailed down for extra security had found its way to my door, courtesy of Thebar.com. Their Shake It Up page gives you pretty much all the information you need to create your own summer cocktails, whether they are to enliven a BBQ, a picnic, a party or any other kind of gathering. #LetsCocktail.

Pimms was the cocktail of choice at The Royal Show up at Stoneleigh when I used to work there, which is perhaps why my memories of the annual show are rather pleasant, if a little hazy. Anyway, that was the one I decided to make first. Lots of strawberries, cucumber, mint and ice are the secret to a good Pimms, although The Pimm Daddy recipe provided included slices of orange too. Checking the freezer, I realised we had no ice and even worse, no ice-tray – agghh. I hotfooted it off to see if I could find an ice-cube tray and buy some local strawberries and lemonade whilst I was at it – living in town can be very handy sometimes. Never having added oranges to Pimms, I didn’t see why I should start now, so those were not included. But that’s the beauty of cocktails, they’re infinitely adaptable.

Mojito

Having thoroughly enjoyed our Pimms one rather hot afternoon, I decided there was nothing better. But a couple of days later, I mashed up a Mojito. Knowing very little about this cocktail – I know, where have I been hiding? – I still couldn’t quite follow the recipe and reduced the sugar by half. Oh my days, how good it was. Now I have a new dilemma, Pimms or Mojito?

Never mind, next up are the G&Ts!

Pimms No 1 and Mojito Cocktails
Serves 1
How to prepare a glass of classic British pimms and mash up a Cuban mojito.
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Pimms
  1. 25ml Pimm's No. 1
  2. 100ml lemonade
  3. 3 strawberries - halved
  4. 3 slices cucumber
  5. 2 sprigs of mint
Mojito
  1. 50ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
  2. 1/2 lime - cut into slices
  3. 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  4. 7 mint leaves + 1 sprig of mint for decoration
  5. 100ml soda water
Pimms
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Add the strawberries, cucumber and one sprig of mint.
  3. Pour in the Pimms, then top up with lemonade.
  4. Stir well and garnish with remaining sprig of mint.
Mojito
  1. Place the rum, lime slices, mint leaves and sugar into a lidded glass jar and shake it well until the sugar has dissolved and some of the lime juice has been released.
  2. Pour into a glass, add some ice cubes, then fill with soda water.
  3. Give a good stir and top with the mint sprig.
Notes
  1. The quantities can be upscaled according to the number required and served from a jug.
  2. Pimms - 0.7 units of alcohol per serve.
  3. Mojito - 1.9 units of alcohol per serve.
Adapted from Thebar.com
Adapted from Thebar.com
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Tea Time TreatsWhere would a good summer BBQ be without a glass of Pimms or some other tasty cocktail? So with that in mind I’m sending this of to Janie at The Hedge Combers to accompany all those Tea Time Treats. Karen over at Lavender and Lovage will surely take a glass.

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Thanks to Thebar.com for the ingredients to make these cocktails. I was not required to give a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    3rd July 2015

    What a fascinating map, and two of my favourite cocktails. I think you’ve inspired me to mix up some of these this evening – thanks for sharing!!

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Thanks Kate, they are both so good. the question is, which one will you go for?

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    Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla
    3rd July 2015

    Lovely, I only discovered Pimms last year when we moved to Brighton and love it, especially on hot, summer evenings… But never knew how to make it, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I have also bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold rum so I may be trying this mojito recipe, never made it from scratch, used to use lime & mint syrups.

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    Sarah
    3rd July 2015

    Aw…I wonder what NI’s preferred cocktail is? I love a glass of Pimms, this sounds like the perfect drink for summer! šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Pimms is a hard one to beat I reckon. I’ve never known anyone turn down a glass.

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      I agree Fiona, I don’t like my drinks too sweet, so halving the sugar worked well for me.

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    Emily
    3rd July 2015

    Mmm I would love a Pimms right now! I’m surprised my gin intake isn’t increasing that Midlands stat šŸ™‚ Thanks for including my recipe xx

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Haha Emily. I don’t think I’ve had a G&T for several years. That’s all ab out to change now though šŸ˜‰

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    Glamorous Glutton
    3rd July 2015

    Ooh I’m very fond of both Pimms and a Mojito. If I’m out in the sun they’d both be very welcome. GG

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Now that, GG, is called sitting on the fence – or did I mean the garden chair šŸ˜‰

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    Alicia (foodycat)
    3rd July 2015

    My taste in cocktails tends towards the Scottish! That’s unexpected. I like a Pimms, but generally I prefer it made with ginger ale.

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Whisky and ginger for you then Alicia? I do very much like your suggestion of Pimms with ginger and will now have to try it.

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      Choclette
      3rd July 2015

      Haha, really Felicity? It’s not Pimms for me unless it has cucumber in.

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    Kristina
    3rd July 2015

    I’m not much of a cocktail fan to be honest. I’m a rum and coke or whiskey and coke kinda gal šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      4th July 2015

      I think they might count as cocktails Kristina – not that I’m an expert.

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    Laura
    3rd July 2015

    I absolutely love Mojitos, in fact I just shared my Mojito Mocktail recipe over on my blog if you want to have a read here! I also love Pimms too, such refreshing drinks for Summer evenings!

    L x

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    3rd July 2015

    That’s so funny….. a North-South cocktail divide! Frankly, I am happy with any and all of them….. One after another if necessary. Although given a choice (and despite being a southerner) my favourite will remain a Mojito! I was lucky enough to drink them freshly made in the Haciendas of the Cuban mountains many years ago and they have remained top of my list ever since!

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      Choclette
      4th July 2015

      Ah Kate, if you are going to have a Mojito, it sounds as if you were in the best place to have one. Would love to go to Cuba. Pimms is starting to be outvoted now.

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    Cass
    4th July 2015

    Oh if I was still allowed to have a drink I would be all over that pimms!!!! Love it – great blog btw, added you to my reading list šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      4th July 2015

      Oh no, hope this is choice rather than necessity. Thanks for commenting and liking my blog too – always happy to hear that šŸ˜‰

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    4th July 2015

    I like a cocktail too Choclette. I am rather partial to a magarita, but I’d be happy to try yours too šŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking to me.

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      All this talk of cocktails is giving me a thirst Jac – off to investigate margaritas now šŸ˜‰

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    My Life As A Mummy
    4th July 2015

    Personally I don’t like Pimms, never have! I prefer mojitos! I used to love a good coktail back in the old ‘partying’ days

    Laura x x x

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      Excellent, I like someone decisive. Know what you mean, cocktails bring my student days right back šŸ™‚

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    Heidi Roberts
    4th July 2015

    I love cool cocktails – they are so refreshing!

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      Absolutely Heidi, especially when we actually get a bit of sunshine šŸ˜‰

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    Kavey
    5th July 2015

    I do love cocktails, I really need to make them more often!

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      I rarely think to make they either Kavey; this was just the push I needed.

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    Gingey Bites
    5th July 2015

    I love the map! I’m in the midlands and do love a G&T so I guess I am part of that statistic. I also love a mojito but then I also love pimms… hmmmm šŸ™‚ not sure what that says about me! Teeheee..

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      I think you’re with me and just like a good cocktail. Nothing wrong with that, is there? šŸ˜‰

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    the caked crusader
    5th July 2015

    Mr CC and I occasionally go out for cocktails and thoroughly enjoy it! He likes a classic Sidecar, whereas I can be swayed by anything with rum!

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      Choclette
      5th July 2015

      As CC, so you come down on the side of mojito. No idea what a Sidecar is, but I’m just going off to find out.

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    Janie
    29th July 2015

    Not keen on Pimms, but could sink oen (or more) Mojito’s quite happily šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing with Tea Time Treats Choccy, they’re the perfect BBQ tipple!
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      29th July 2015

      Thanks Janie, that’s very big of you to say so given you’re not partial to Pimms, though how that is possible I’ll never understand šŸ˜‰

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