Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Pimm's Cup

It's a bit ridiculous, but I'm struggling to stay focused. My mind wanders from the tasks I clearly need to get done, and I end up taking a nap or doing something equally leisurely. And while I've dreamed about being retired for the longest time, this will not do. This simply will not suffice.

I'm not a lazy person - at least I don't think I am. I don't think I settle for things. Ever since January 2012, I think I've proved to everyone that I'm simply unsatisfied with settling for being comfortable, for maintaining the status quo. I know a lot of people that are happy with how things are here in Toronto, with the simple fact of getting married and having babies bringing great satisfaction. And there's nothing wrong with that - it's simply not for me. Having a family is just far from being a priority. No, I'm being selfish, and stating for a fact that I want more for myself, that I'm not happy with how things are. And I want to surround myself with the people that share that vision, that share that urge and ambition to do more. I wasn't finding that in my relationship, and maybe that's the cause of its demise. I'm sad as all hell about it, but at the age of 27, I have to do what's best for myself, at any cost. I feel intensely, and as silly as it sounds, I love intensely too, but it does take a lot for me to take that step. There is no if or how - I simply feel. I suppose, in love or drinks, I approach all things in my life the same way.

Moving on.

I attended a launch event for El Catrin restaurant in Toronto's Distillery District last night. After the incredible heat wave of last week, last evening was downright frigid. Food was good though. That refined food that hints of Mexico. Margaritas were fabulous, all fresh and bright. And with what feels like only the start of summer, we look at classic summer drinks. The Pimm's Cup must be at the top of that list. Classic British, based on Pimm's No. 1, the fruit cup drink with a gin base. A good read here, from the New York Times. So many variations, but for me, this works. When you're only good for one thing, as this wino is - making drinks - it hurts more than anything not to have the chance to make the drinks that make the people who you care about the most enjoy. This is one of them.

The Pimm's Cup

Pimm's No. 1
Fresh lemon juice
Sparkling water (San Pelligrino)
Sugar syrup
In season berry fruit
Cucumber (for garnish)

In a mixing glass, pour: 2 ounces of Pimm's No. 1, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 3/4 ounce of sugar syrup

Add ice, and roll the drink into another mixing glass (or stir), until ingredients have blended and chilled

Pour into glass and top with sparkling water

Garnish with: cucumber slice, lemon slice, and your choice of berry fruit

Sprig of mint and a straw to finish


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