I’m thinking about hosting a small breakfast for Wimbledon viewing this summer so I experimented with making a Pimm’s Cup, one of the staple drinks at Wimbledon, polo matches and summer parties in England. I’ve had them when visiting England and at a wedding last year, but I’ve never made them. Naturally there are several versions, but since I have been toying with homemade ginger ale anyway I gave the Pimm’s Ginger version a whirl.
I’ve had plans to post about homemade ginger ale quite a few times, but none of my results so far were web-worthy. This time I simply made a ginger simple syrup and the experimental cocktail went down easy! I peeled and sliced the ginger and combined it 1:1:1 with water and sugar and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
Quite honestly, I was lazy and haven’t strained it yet. I just scooped around the ginger slices to get the syrup to make the cocktail.
Also on the scene was my beloved Soda Stream (wish I had one of the new slick looking ones). I whipped up some carbonated water and then it was 5 o’clock somewhere. I’ve been noodling through the table/decor.. should I tell folks to wear whites?! Would that be fun or annoying? At any rate, I decided to see how I could incorporate the purple and green Wimbledon colors. So I found some lavender colored hydrangea with nice green leaves…
And I try to limit how much I use cut flowers and rely more on produce and plants for decorating. Fortunately citrus plays well into the color scheme. I call them Wimbledon Green Limes, and Tennis Ball Yellow Lemons.
I also have this new fruit infusion pitcher and I’m so into it I might need to get one or two more. Right now I’m using it for lemon water, but I also want to do strawberry water, cucumber water, fruit infused tea, and it could be great to make a full batch of Pimm’s cocktails in one of those pitchers and have the fruit and mint in the infuser.
I’m still working out the menu, but I’ll try homemade English muffins soon, and try to decide what kind of strawberry dish I want to do. Those are probably must-haves.. the other 400 menu ideas will have to be edited between now and my fav sporting event of the summer. Don’t you want to host a Breakfast at Wimbledon party?
Pimm's Cup with Homemade Ginger Ale
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup ginger, peeled, sliced thinly
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1.5 oz Pimm's liquor
4 oz club soda
2 tsp ginger syrup (or to taste)
squeeze of lime
- combine the ginger, water and sugar in a pot, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 45 minutes - long enough to infuse ginger flavor, but not so long that syrup gets too thick
- allow syrup to cool and strain
- to make cocktail fill a glass with ice and add Pimm's and club soda
- spoon syrup in and allow to run down the side of the glass
- give a quick stir, squeeze in lime juice and mix in mint