Whether you're toasting to the royal wedding or to the fact that the hoopla about it is finally almost over, do so with a delicious cocktail in hand! This recipe for a Pimm's Cooler uses England's most popular spirit, Pimm's No 1. You may have to seek it out at Beverages and More (I tried at Safeway first, but they didn't carry it), but trust me, it's worth it: this drink is absolutely amazing! Rarely do I make the same beverage twice and I've already made this one three times in the past week. It's refreshing, fruity, and perfectly balanced. Plus it's got a gorgeous hue and pretty garnishes. You simply must make this cooler, so get the recipe now.
2 mint sprigs Makes 1 drink.
2 lemon slices
2 orange slices
1 cucumber wheel, 1 cucumber spear and 1 cucumber ribbon (optional)
1 strawberry, halved
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces Pimm's No. 1 (English gin-based aperitif)
1/2 ounce Creole Shrub or Grand Marnier
3 ounces chilled ginger beer*
*If you can't find ginger beer, use ginger ale.
2 mint sprigs
Makes 1 drink.