August is our Girlfriends Celebration month, when we invite our friends outside of BookTini to join us for Drinks & Discussion. It’s a fun time, usually aided by an easy to make cocktail that will pair well with our Chick Lit selection. Easy to make translates to “punch” this month, so we selected Pimm’s Cup with Ginger Ale.
Pimm’s Cup is made with Pimm’s No. 1, a fruity, spicy gin-based liqueur popular in Britain (the setting of our August literary selection). Pimm’s cup is usually sipped at tennis and polo matches with lemonade alone, but we’re adding a twist: ginger ale.
We hope our girlfriends love this sweet summer cocktail, along with our book of the month, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.
Pimm’s Cup with Ginger Ale
1 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 cup gin
2 cups lemonade
lemon slices for garnish
Fill a large pitcher with ice. Stir in lemonade, ginger ale, Pimm’s No 1., and gin. Garnish with lemon slices.
Pimm’s No. 1 is a British liqueur. but don’t be alarmed. It can be easily found in any well-stocked American liquor stores.
Other recommended additions to spice it up: cucumber (very popular), quartered apples, thinly sliced oranges, and strawberries, cucumber, thyme, rosemary and/or mint (these can be added to each cup before pouring if you like).
Spice each cup up with a sprig of mint, rosemary, and/or thyme as you pour.