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!


Summertime Booze

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!


Some Notes:

-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.



Asteroidea Press said...

I think they were tupperware, but I've asked my mom. Her mind is a steel trap for details like this.

Asteroidea Press said...

Oh, that would be the capitalized brand: Tupperware.

Heather Moore said...

I think they were Tupperware too. Maybe try Ebay?

Do your raspberries not turn to mush when you wash them?

Cyn said...

Yay Pimms! I've been meaning to make some pimms cup forever. I make mine with mint and not raspberry, though. (But def. with cucumber.)

eileen said...

we totally had Tupperware brand tupperware popsicle molds. rounded top, thick plastic, stick (with holes in it up the middle) which was separable from the, uh, saucer? I second ebay.

kickpleat said...

I was looking for some Pimms in the store last week, but they were all sold out! Must have been a weekend rush. This looks lovely and I want one right now.

Jo Stockton said...

I checked around for tupperware popsicle holders and they don't seem to be the ones that I want. Rats! But my mom is going to some gigantic kitchen stores in the states in July so she's going to look around for some superior modern versions.

Cyn and kickpleat: Good to know I'm in good company with the Pimm's. Hope you get your hands on some soon!

sweetkaroline said...

haha the Pimms explosion probably came from that article in the NYTimes about the liquor.

Yummy cocktail perfect for these super hot days!

A said...

Sorry I can't help with the popsicle molds. I've only seen the crappy ones at the grocery store. Thanks for the good advice on freezing berries. I do that with pancakes and waffles...... never thought to do it with fruit too!