I love traveling, and one of the things I am lucky to have in my life is a job that allows me that opportunity. I get the chance to visit so many different cities and the chance to explore new museums, historical sites, and amazing restaurants. I always want to get the most out of my travels, never wanting to leave a place and having someone ask if I had the chance to visit this or that, and having never took the opportunity to do so. So I am always looking up top sites to see, the best local restaurants, and things you just can’t miss. When searching for yummy and interesting restaurant’s during one of my work trips, that Robert tagged along for, to New Orleans, LA, we discovered the Napoleon House, a 200 year old landmark found in the French Quarters. This is a really interesting place, with a lot of history worth reading. While enjoying a break from the Louisiana heat at the bar in the Napoleon House, we tried one of the drinks they are most well known for, the Pimm’s Cup, and we both fell in love with it! It is a gin based aperitif (which is an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.) mixed with fresh lemonade, 7 up, and a sliver of cucumber. It is both refreshing and delicious, so I have including the recipe for you all here below, because this is such a great way to beat that summer heat!
- Fill a tall 12 oz glass with ice and add 1 1/4 oz. Pimm’s #1.
- Add 3 oz lemonade.
- Then top off with 7up.
- Garnish with cucumber.
What I learned:
- When making this recipe I realized that this is a low level alcohol drink. Something to boost this drink to another level would be to add vodka or rum for a similar style drink that might be more appealing to your taste.
- The lemonade is key! The better the lemonade the better the drink, so make sure you get a really tasty lemonade, nothing to sour or bland.
- When I serve this drink, I use a tom Collins glass or something similar. This allows for a good balance of the ice and the alcohol. It also serves as a great presentation!
This is such a delicious drink that everyone (over the age of 21) can enjoy! It can be the perfect featured cocktail at a summer party with the refreshing lemonade and cucumber added. You can even create a make your own Pimm’s Cup bar including lemonade, cucumber, Pimm’s #1 gin and include other options like Vodka or rum for everyone’s taste. I hope you enjoy my favorite summer cocktail!