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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.

Join The Conversation
yeokr yeokr 9 years
i spent my summer in england and pimm's took care of our daily allowance of fruits!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i like your little bit of history at the beginning of the post!
laurafox laurafox 9 years
That sounds refreshing!
chellebaby chellebaby 9 years
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Ohhh, Pimms sounds refreshing!
karen-f karen-f 9 years
For book party, I thought something like coffee based would be nerdy-fun! lol Like bailey and coffee chilled
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 9 years
Yummm - it's also very good with ginger ale!
AmazonChick AmazonChick 9 years
I love Pimm's so much! I guess it's the Brit side of me, but it's the perfect summer drink... Is it Pimm's o'clock yet?!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
mrbunsrocks mrbunsrocks 9 years
Pimms Cups are so lovely! I've served them at a bridal shower, in a straight-sided raised punch bowl. Great visual appeal and light and refreshing!
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