The time for refreshing, light, effervescent drinks is upon us. Well, unless you live in the southern hemisphere, in which case I suggest you offset my beverage recommendations by about six months.

Today I would like to recommend the Pimm's Cup. Long a favorite of our friends over the horizon in Great Britain as a summer tipple.

Pimm's #1 is a gin based liquor containing quinine and infused with a blend of herbs. Even if you aren't a gin drinker, I would venture to suggest you give this drink a try!

  • 2 oz Pimm's #1
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ginger Ale

Take a highball or Collins glass and fill it with ice. Add the Pimm's and lemon juice, then top with your ginger ale. 7-up or other lemon-lime soda will work as well, but the best is a nice crisp ginger ale. Give it a quick stir with a bar spoon, and garnish it with a cucumber slice. Yes, that is the official garnish of the Pimm's Cup.

Now you are ready to watch a match of Polo, or Cricket, or Quiddich, or whatever it is they are into over there!

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