Host your own Kentucky Derby party this weekend, with this twist on the traditional English summer “Pimm’s cup”! An afternoon of Ascot and Pimm’s inspired this blend, but for a non-alcoholic “mocktail” I substitute Pimm’s No. 1 for Elderflower Cordial—another refreshing British favorite! Either way, you’ll love this nod to British garden parties … no hat required. Cheers!
You will need oranges and an assortment of strawberries, berries, cucumber or melon.
To make the Ascot iced tea
In a one quart pitcher:
Measure 1/3 cup organic pure cane sugar into pitcher.
Place 4 TBS. Ascot tea in filter, place in pitcher.
Fill with boiling water; Steep 5 minutes.
Remove tea in filter, and stir in sugar.
Chill, or pour over ice.
To make the Pimm’s cup
Layer a silver cup or tall glass with ice, strawberries, orange slices, melon or cucumber wedges.
1. Quarter organic oranges
2. Pour in 1 shot Pimm’s No. 1
3. Fill to the top with the Chilled Ascot Tea
4. Squeeze the quartered orange juice on top and place the wedge into the drink. Stir and garnish with a strawberry & orange slice on rim of glass and a sprig of fresh mint.