If you like Pimms this article will peak your interest and broaden your knowledge regarding the 'traditional' Pimms and lemonade.
I have provided some sneaky hints and tips to save a few penny's and incorporated that all important homemade vibe... perfect for BBQ's and home gatherings!
Eden Mill 'Love' Gin:
Launched in spring 2015, the recipe for Love Gin includes more typical core botanical's (Juniper, Coriander seed, Angelica) and eight more exotic flavours, including rose petal, elderberry, rhubarb root, marshmallow root, goji berry, raspberry leaf and whole hibiscus flowers. The hibiscus is infused after distillation for freshness. Eden Mill's is a Premium Scottish Gin. Traditionally made by hand in Scotland using copper pot stills. Proudly crafted by their distillers with a cultural desire to innovate and tingle the taste buds.
Rose petals & Hibiscus
Soft, subtle juniper with a rich touch of warm spiced berries – strawberry & raspberry, sweet vanilla and green fruits – green apples & pears, finishing with a very delicate citrus pink grapefruit and rose water at the very end.
Taste of strong warming spirit, (gin) juniper and rhubarb spice that quickly becomes very mellow. Soft – very ripe berries at first, freeze-dried strawberries, raspberries with the sweet vanilla, rhubarb and custard (sweets) notes returning and finishing with green apple citrus and a hint of rose.
A long, warming finish that moves to freeze dried fruits down to soft vanilla notes.
Pink grapefruit or red berries (when in season) frozen raspberries (when out of season) Fever Tree Elder Flower tonic to bring a real elegant balance.
'Pimms & Lemonade' without the 'Pimms & Lemonade'
I know what your thinking... what is he on about! Hear me out... the first point to saving money for this excellent summer beverage starts with not buying any Pimms. Pimms is quite expensive during the summer due to its connotations with garden parties and anything outdoorsy. Armed with this knowledge pick up 'Martini Rosso' instead, It's a fraction of the cost and will be needed to mix with the Gin, obviously you will be needing some 'Love' Gin and the final part is 'ginger ale' These three ingredients will give you the edge on your competitors (rival garden parties). The key is... no matter how strong or light you would like your Pimms... you must use equal measures of Gin to Martini Rosso. Once you have poured your Gin & Martini add however much ginger ale you need to fill the vessel.
Garnish for your Pimms has always been a combination of lemon, lime, orange, strawberry and mint however Love Gin have been quoted as saying using frozen berries actually helps to cool your drink and gives you an underlining fruitiness. Cost effective frozen berries from the super market are acceptable because berries are frozen at the height of season, they also act as a secondary ice cube which helps to keep your drink nice and cold. I would suggest adding a few mint leaves as the eucalyptus leaves you with a fresh mouth feel.
Lets make this a summer to remember!!
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