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Come Party With Me: Book Party - Drinks

Although Pimms wasn't created until 1840, I'm planning on serving the classic, quintessentially British Pimms No. 1 Cup Cocktail for my Pride & Prejudice — which is set in the 1812 — book party. Pimms Cup was originally a tonic of gin and a mixture of secret herbs developed to aid digestion. Its popularity grew and now it is the perfect English garden party drink. A refreshing mix of lemonade and soda and fresh fruit, this old fashioned drink will pair nicely with my menu of tea sandwiches. For the ladies who prefer wine over cocktails, offer one type of champagne. For the non-drinkers among the guests, serve classic lemonade and sparkling water flavored with cucumbers. To take a look at the recipe for the Pimms Cup cocktail,

Pimms No. 1 Cup Cocktail
From Epicurious

4 lemon slices
4 apple slices
4 orange slices
4 cucumber slices
3 cups Pimm's No. 1 Cup, available at liquor stores
2 cups lemonade soda
4 fresh mint sprigs
Ice cubes

  1. Fill four 8- to 10-ounce highball glasses with ice cubes. Divide the fruit slices among the glasses.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade and 3 tablespoons of Pimm's into each glass. Garnish with the mint and serve.

Serves 4.

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