Make It: Provençal-Inspired Pimm’s Cup

Oh, it’s Friday. Yes. That means cocktails are in order, right? How was your week? We’ll open up a little and say that ours was pretty darned good, but we’re still talking those goals we mentioned earlier in the week. Remember, the pushing and balancing act? That. We’ll be enjoying the weekend unwinding and brainstorming about some exceptionally exciting partnerships coming up, and we’ll be soaking it in and just enjoying the outdoors, the weather, and each other {and Lulu!}. What do you have planned for the weekend? Whatever you plan to do, stop and run. Now! Head to the liquor store and pick up Pimm’s No. 1 so you’re ready to bring to life another cocktail delight from Mr. Valley!

 Nick’s Provencal-inspired Pimm’s Cup is something we think you’re going to fall madly, deeply in love with. It’s fast become the go-to refreshing cocktail in our house and it’s such a crowd pleaser when entertaining. To serve up this delight you’ll need to start with our simple syrup steeped with herbes de Provence. See our Pimm’s Cup recipe below.

You’ll need: 2 Cups water | 1 cup sugar | 1/2 tablespoon herbs de Provence {thyme, lavender, basil, and fennel}

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and stir in the sugar and herbs, quickly stirring. Immediately turn the heat to low {do not let the sugar boil} and continue stirring until the syrup thickens. Strain the liquid through cheese cloth or a strainer to catch the herbs.

Our fascination with Pimm’s started a few years ago on a European trip with Aleah’s family. It was July, which meant a sticky hot summer, even in London, where summer is sometimes cooler. London was the last leg of our trip and Aleah and her brothers and N branched off from our awesome parents {seriously, you’d love them} to spend some time in Jolly Olde England. Aleah had a serious hankering for some British-style fish and chips. So our quartet {of A + N and Aleah’s two brothers} searched high and low for the perfect pub where we could sit outdoors and take in the sights and the sounds of the cars honking, heels clicking and the tourists marching on by before we headed back across The Pond.

We finally settled, after what seemed like hours of hunting,  on a quintessential ages-old pub with exposed wood as far as the eye could see, stained glass ale signs and a smokiness in the air. The fish and chips were, well, pub fish and chips - far less delicious than remembered {funny how that romance happens when you travel}! But the liquid goodness that we discovered was so worth the peas and soggy fish and chips. We all discovered the amazingness that was a Pimm’s Cup. What, you ask, is this concoction we speak of? Pimm’s is a liquor full of spices, first created in 1832 in London, and its base is gin. They really don’t tell you what else is in this magical bottle, but we sense a hint of curry.

The British serve up this drink as a Pimm’s Cup filled with tonic and lemons and freshly cut cucumbers and rocks of ice topped with mint.

So here’s Nick’s pat-you-on-the-back spin on a Pimm’s Cup, inspired by one of our other favorite places, the South of France. Use his Provençal-infused simple syrup and you’ll have you’re go-to summertime refreshment.

What you need for one drink:  1/2 ounce of simple syrup {or to taste} | 1 oz. Pimm’s | San Pellegrino Limonata | ice | lemon and cucumber slices

Pour the simple syrup {remember, not too much} into a tall pilsner-type glass.

 Add the Pimm’s.

Top with Limonata {or a light lemonade}.

Slice lemons and cucumbers into semi-thick wheels and place on the rim of your glass. Serve with ice if you prefer. You’re ready to enjoy a refreshing afternoon! 

Photos by Rippee Photography for Valley & Co. 

And…in honor of our love of all things British and that fun pub afternoon, here’s some inspiration for your Pimm’s Party.

1.Iris Pitcher $23.99 Cross Dye Napkins  2. Gelato Tray-  Indigo $24.95 | 3.  Kane Glasses $4.95 each | 4. Cheese Plate $75 |

 5. Amelie Rug, Parchment $55-629 6. Experimental Sketches Dinnerware $14-20

  Have a positively wonderful weekend, friends. Leave a comment and let us know what you’re up to!

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