We haven’t had a Thirsty Thursday in a while, so I figured it was high time! Today we’re going with a New Orleans classic cocktail: The Pimm’s Cup.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a watering hole in NOLA that doesn’t have this on its drink menu; however the original version comes from the Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres & St. Louis in the French Quarter. But since the Napoleon House is 627 miles from me, I had to rely on one of my favorite local watering holes, Ophelia’s.
Now, before any of you cocktail aficionados start commenting: yes, I know there’s not a cucumber in there. They were out. But we’ll let that slide. (This time, AJ…this time.)
2 oz Pimm’s No. 1 (a gin-based liqueur from London featuring quinine, fruit juices, & spices)
2 oz lemonade
2 oz club soda (or, replace both of these with a lemon-lime soda)
lemon & lime wedges
English cucumber wheel for garnish (some recipes call for muddling the cucumber & fruit in the bottom of the glass before adding the liquids. I’m actually a big fan of that version, too.)
Mix well & serve. Goes great with the Spread Trio at Ophelia’s…just FYI.
Smoked Trout Spread, Syrian Roasted Red Pepper Spread, and Hummus. YUM.
This is a really nice, refreshing cocktail with a very classic feel, which is perfect for sipping on a back porch…or in a wine bar while studying for the ASBOG exam. Because really…where ELSE would you study? Sheesh.