My favourite Pimms cocktail - and a giveaway

When I was planning mine and my husband's wedding back in 2002, one of the main things I was adamant about was that there would be Pimm's served to guests as they arrived for the reception. It is one of my favourite cocktails and something which is so quintessential of a British summer. On the day it went down very well indeed. In fact, one teetotal guest who didn't realise it was alcoholic was rather worse for wear as the evening wore on!

 The Co-operative understand just how synonymous Pimm's is with summer and they sent me some vouchers to buy the ingredients so that I could share with you my favourite cocktail.

Pimm's ingredients
I opted for the classic Pimm's, and the ingredients I needed were: Pimm's, lemonade, strawberries, mint, oranges and cucumber. Luckily for me the strawberries and mint is fresh from the garden. If it had been a week later I could have added cucumbers to that list too! The smell of these fresh ingredients is simply fabulous, they really do go so well together.

Perfect Pimm's

I simply followed the instructions on the bottle of Pimm's to make my cocktail. It calls for 1 measure of Pimm’s to 3 of lemonade, then add fresh fruit such as strawberries, orange and lemon slices, plus cucumber slices and fresh mint. In addition to this, I always ensure that I add plenty of ice cubes. Warm Pimm's doesn't quite taste right for me.

Then simply pour and enjoy. I love the sound of ice cubes and fruit tumbling out of a jug and into a glass. I also got a chance to use my favourite paper straws which my children have rejected because they go soggy.

Then it was simply down to my husband and I to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Pimm's on a Sunday afternoon. One of my favourite things about Pimm's is eating the alcohol-sodden fruit at the end!

For some amazing barbecue recipes to go with your Pimm's, check out the Co-operative Food's website.

Pimm's Meringue PiePimm's pie

I also found an amazing recipe for Pimm's Meringue Pie and thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to try it out. We had friends over for my husband's birthday and I served up this beauty. Sadly the filling hadn't quite set, but it still tasted amazing. It tasted quite alcoholic, so we made sure the children didn't have any (any excuse to eat up a huge pie).

For your own chance to make some cocktails, or a delicious pie, I have to opportunity to win Cooperative Food vouchers. To enter simple fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Make sure that you visit the required website and leave a comment below for your entry to count.

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