Mother’s Day is coming up in a few days, and I thought I’d go a little out of the ordinary (for me, anyway) and post a cocktail recipe that seems appropriate for Mom. Well, not my mom…but it seems like a drink that moms would like. My mom really doesn’t drink alcohol (maybe once every 5.2 years) but she’d probably like this one. It’s named a Pimm Palmer because it’s basically an Arnold Palmer (sweet tea and lemonade) with some Pimm’s No. 1 (I’ll talk a little bit more about Pimm’s in a minute) mixed in. It just tastes like an Arnold Palmer with just a bit of a kick (just a tiny bit!) It’s sweet and cold and very refreshing!
My mom is the person who taught me my love of sweet tea. Like me, she grew up right here in good old Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee and when I was growing up there were always two gallon-sized pitchers of sweet tea in our fridge (so when the first one was empty there was still a cold one ready for us). It’s not like that anymore…sweet tea is a rare treat for us now, but it always makes me think of my childhood.
My mom taught me a lot of things, not least of which that family is the most important part of life (my dad might have played a little part in that too). She is the kindest, most giving mom that I could ever have asked for. I still talk to her on the phone every night, and I hope that if I have a daughter some day that we have that kind of connection. She is hard-working and almost never misses a day of work. She’s the kind of mom that you don’t dread becoming. She’s just the best, and I could never come close to telling her how much I love her and how thankful I am for all she’s done for me.
So I guess I’ll stop being mushy now and talk about Pimm’s No. 1 for a second. I had never heard of it until the first time that I went to Beast and Barrel and saw “Pimm’s Cup” on the menu. I didn’t order one that night, but I did later and found the drink to be, for lack of a better term, delightful (how cheesy can I get?). I later saw a recipe for a drink called a “Porch Swing” on Smitten Kitchen and it got me thinking…if I could take out the gin and just mix up an Arnold Palmer with some Pimm’s (by the way, the formula for Pimm’s, a British liqueur, is pretty closely guarded, and I honestly can’t tell you what it tastes like) it would be pretty darn delicious. Friends, I was not wrong. I don’t care for a strong alcohol flavor in my cocktails (I’m a pansy) and this one was just right.
So why not mix up a Pimm Palmer for mom (by the way, this is just my take on this drink…there are other versions with different variations on the ingredients)?
Yield: 1 drink
5 minPrep Time:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened tea
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
- 1-2 tablespoons simple syrup (to taste)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Combine all ingredients in a 16-ounce class and stir. Top off glass with ice cubes. Garnish with lemon wedges or slices.
- To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sugar has completely dissolved. Pour into a jar and cool completely.
Click here to print the recipe for the Pimm Palmer!