Long gone are the halcyon days of our twenties when we could embark on a daytime adventure that included a few drinks without winding up in bed at 6pm with a bottle of Tylenol and a giant bottle of water next to us. Nowadays we must choose our daylight hour tipple carefully, but it is an easy choice with the lovely and refreshing Pimm's Cup.
Pimm was a farmer's son from Kent in England and he became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a "No. 1 Cup", hence its subsequent name.
While there are a few subtle variations on this drinks, the basics couldn't be easier and can be adjusted to taste (you can also add champagne to make a Pimm's Royal Cup if you are feeling extra fancy):
Pour some Pimm's No. 1 into a tall glass of ice and add something citrusy and carbonated like lemon soda (San Pelligrino lemon soda is always good) or ginger ale, then just top with plenty of chopped fresh fruits (cucumbers, oranges, lemons, strawberries). Some garnish with mint as well.
Tasty, refreshing, with just the right amount of alcohol to get you through the day and onto dinner without being a puddle.