The summer of 2012 will definitely go down as Great Britain’s greatest season on memory.
GB kicked things off with a week of lovely celebrations honouring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and made us all remark on what a wonder Queen Elizabeth II really is.
The country did such an amazing job of hosting the Olympics, and reminded the world at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies that they have an incredible history that includes (but is clearly not limited to) Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, David Beckham and The Spice Girls.
Prince William and Kate Middleton trotted themselves around like such obedient royal family members, but impressed with how accessible and sincere they appeared. And Harry, oh Harry! Harry single-handedly (and I think you all know which hand I’m talking about; yes, that hand shielding the royal jewels from stealth photographers in Vegas hotel rooms), he single-handedly brought more fun to the royals than Princess Eugenia and Beatrice’s fascinators, and Fergie’s shenanigans combined every could!
As we approach the last long weekend of summer, I suggest a seasonal cocktail that celebrates Great Britain. My mother came back from a weekend away raving about the delicious Pimm’s cocktails she was served at her friends’ cottage. She searched high and low and secured a bottle of the elusive Pimm’s. It’s a gin-based liquor made from a top secret recipe (the label claims only six individuals know the exact combination), but when mixed with a few easily sourced ingredients makes a killer cocktail.
Pimm’s has replaced our family tradition of pina coladas on the beach, and my mother (and chief mixologist) is happy to share her “secret” recipe with UrbanMoms readers.
1 part Pimm’s
2-3 parts mix (use lemonade, 7Up, Gingerale or Sprite…try them all and choose your favourite!)
Plenty of ice
Garnish with slices of lemon, orange, cucumber, sprigs of mint, raspberries or strawberries (anything goes here and we’ve all developed our preferences. I personally appreciate the cucumber and mint; my sisters prefer the fruitier versions)