Plump for a Pimms or Mash up a Mojito?
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?
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.
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.
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!
- 25ml Pimm's No. 1
- 100ml lemonade
- 3 strawberries - halved
- 3 slices cucumber
- 2 sprigs of mint
- 50ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
- 1/2 lime - cut into slices
- 1 tsp golden caster sugar
- 7 mint leaves + 1 sprig of mint for decoration
- 100ml soda water
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add the strawberries, cucumber and one sprig of mint.
- Pour in the Pimms, then top up with lemonade.
- Stir well and garnish with remaining sprig of mint.
- 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.
- Pour into a glass, add some ice cubes, then fill with soda water.
- Give a good stir and top with the mint sprig.
- The quantities can be upscaled according to the number required and served from a jug.
- Pimms - 0.7 units of alcohol per serve.
- Mojito - 1.9 units of alcohol per serve.
Other cocktail recipes you might like
- Guava Ginger Zinger from Recipes from a Pantry
- Pomegranate Choctail from Tin and Thyme
- Pomegranate Sour from Emily’s Recipes and Reviews
- Rhubarb and Custard from Greater Food in Greater London
- Strawberry and Passionfruit Wimbledon from Sew White
- Strawberry Summer Sip from Tinned Tomatoes
- Summer Cocktails – Rhubarbarella and Chocadoodledoo from Tin and Time
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.