I’ve had a busy but wonderful week this week. In the weekend Will, George and I went to Wellington for a whirlwind trip and for the wedding of one of my most gorgeous friends. This was the first small wedding I had ever been to (there was a grand total of 18 people, including the bride and groom). I know its more popular to have big grand affairs for weddings, and whilst they are lovely, this was truly stunning! It was intimate, so personal and just special – one of the top weddings I have ever been to! After the gorgeous ceremony we had at my friend’s house we had yummy canapés, then went to a cute little restaurant where we all fitted along a big long table and enjoyed a delicious bistro meal with spectacular wine. Just perfect!
After the ceremony I was standing on my friend’s sun-soaked deck where there wasn’t an ounce of wind, enjoying my canapés and bubbles and watching the sun going down and thinking how beautiful this deck must be to sit out on on a lazy summer’s afternoon. I think that the perfect summer’s afternoon or sunny spring afternoon is not complete without good friends and a big pitcher of Pimms. I first tried Pimms when I was in London for my Gap year. I had spent a year there after high school before coming home to New Zealand for university. I was hooked (on Pimms that is). It really is the quintessential summer drink and is so fruity, refreshing and with only a hint of alcohol.
Unfortunately there won’t be much Pimms for me this weekend, we have a chilly weekend ahead of us which is a disappointment because we have a big wine and food festival here in Auckland that I’m really, really, really looking forward to going to. Even if the weather’s not that great I’m still going, possibly it’ll be all on my own then!
Maybe this is a recipe you want to save up for a sunny day or why not make it today and dream a little of a warm summer’s day!
Happy Friday everyone!
Friday Drinks: Classic Pimms
- 1 cup Pimms No. 1
- 3 cups lemonade important: please see Note 1
- 1/2 lebanese cucumber sliced thinly
- 8 strawberries hulled and quartered
- 12 mint leaves
Fill a pitcher with ice.
Pour over Pimms and lemonade (important: please see Note 1). Stir to combine.
Add cucumber, strawberries and mint to the pitcher.
Divide between four glasses and serve.
Note 1: Use Sprite/7-Up or other similar sweet sparkling drink for this recipe, not the flat sugary-lemon drink often referred to as lemonade in North America. In New Zealand, Australia and UK we refer to Sprite/7-Up etc. as "lemonade".