Inspiration in Many Forms
Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of walking through a produce market, tasting an incredible piece of fruit or smelling the aroma of flowers in a garden. Sometimes not. The inspiration for this cocktail was me telling Chris, “Hey, can you make something pretty with these long cocktail picks we just released? I want people to see what they can do!”
Contrived? Yep. Did it work? Oh yes. And did I get a tasty cocktail out of the deal? Yes, yes, yes! (I love my job…)
Pimm’s with a Kick
This cocktail is an adaptation of the classic Pimm’s Cup cocktail. It’s a great choice when playing with garnish because it’s a cocktail that’s traditionally served with LOADS of fruit. So Chris got the opportunity to skewer lots of different pieces of fruit on our long cocktail pick, while still keeping the cocktail looking tidy.
Starting with the basic Pimm’s recipe, Chris made a few adaptations to make things a bit more interesting.
- Step 1: Incorporating muddled cucumber
- Step 2: Adding Amaro and Ginger Beer for their strong punchy flavor.
- Step 3: Tossing in a boost of alcohol from London Dry Gin
- The Finish: Having a bit of fun with the garnish, taking full advantage of our fancy 8″ long cocktail picks.
So what’s with the name?
The Pimm’s Cup is the traditional drink of Wimbledon, so we thought we’d give this variation a little throwback to its tennis roots.
- 1 oz London Dry Gin Tanqueray or Hendricks
- 1 oz Amaro Amaro Lucano
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 coins Cucumber
- 2 oz Ginger Beer Q Drinks
- 1 each Cucumber Sheet
- 2 each Strawberry Halves
- 2 each Cherries
- 2 each Orange Peel
- 2 each Mint Sprigs
- In a cheater tin, muddle 2 coins of cucumber.
- Add gin, amaro, simple syrup, lemon juice and top with ice.
- Shake to stir and dilute.
- On a long skewer, add garnishes (cherries, orange peels, strawberries and cucumber).
- To a Collins glass, add crushed ice and ginger beer.
- Add garnish skewer.
- Strain cocktail into Collins glass.
- Finish with mint sprigs.