Monday, June 22, 2009
(Ain't No Cure For The) Summertime Booze
it was only a matter of time before we broke out the booze around here. Ottawa temperatures shot up this weekend, to conveniently coincide with the first day of summer. And what did the first day of summer mean in the It Ain't Meat, Babe kitchen?
Do you know about Pimm's? I didn't, until it showed up on a few blogs and in a few conversations all at once. My family is British, and my mom has been known to break out the scones for a Wimbledon breakfast now and again, but somehow the ritual of Pimm's as a drink to welcome summer had escaped my attention.
Most commonly mixed with fruit and lemonade, Pimm's No. 1 Cup (the only variety available around here) makes for a refreshing hot weather boozey drink. For my mix I toned down the sugar of the lemonade by mixing it with club soda. It ended up being fizzy and lovely and the perfect home-from-work-on-a-hot-day drink. And good news: Pimm's is "suitable for vegetarians" and the company says that no animal products are used in the manufacturing process. So drink up, vegans!
1/2 cup club soda
1/4 cup lemonade
1/4 cup Pimm's No. 1 Cup
3 slices of English Cucumber
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
Mix it all together and enjoy!
-Speaking of hot weather consumables, I am on a big hunt for the popsicle moulds of my youth. They were translucent white moulds with red sticks, made out of sturdy, thick plastic and they worked so well. All the moulds I've found since then have been really poor quality. They've shattered, warped, leaked, and all manner of other unpleasant things. Does anyone else who grew up in the 70's remember these particular popsicle moulds? My Mom can't remember what brand they were.
- I'll have at least one more hot weather food post up this week so stay tuned!
- The best way to freeze raspberries so they don't turn into one big clump is to wash them and then lay them all out on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour or so, and then take the berries off the sheet and put them in a container in the fridge. This seems to work with whatever berries you choose and even when I am feeling lazy and don't want to go to the trouble, I do it anyway because it makes things so much easier in the long run.