Good morning! If you're arriving here from Freckled Italian, I have to apologize - I promised you autumn Pimm's but, having tried it for the first time last night, I'm actually not sure you'll want it. (For my regular readers, I'm guest posting for Megan today! And please accept my apology also.)
I had high hopes for this stuff and if you've ever had the normal kind you'll understand why. Regular Pimm's is the classic English summer drink; it's gin-based and you mixe it with lemonade and plus strawberries and fresh mint plus as well as slices of cucumbers and apples and oranges. It's delicious and refreshing! You'll find it everywhere once the weather warms up in the spring - pubs, garden parties, weddings, polo events, you name it. So when I went through Duty Free at Heathrow on my way back to DC after our wedding, I picked up a bottle of the autumn version to try. True confession: I also thought it would make a good blog post.
Well, this is what happens when you plan life around blogging rather than blogging around life! I invited two good friends over for dinner last night to be my autumn Pimm's guinea pigs and, I'm sad to say, none of us were crazy about it. When mixed with lemonade, the drink tasted vaguely of cough syrup; it was better when we mixed it with sparkling ginger and tossed in a few blackberries, but, honestly, I think the rest of the bottle of autumn Pimm's is going to go to waste. On the bright side, though, the three of us devoured the two beet pizzas I made and enjoyed the delicious pop tarts (from Ted's Bulletin) and macarons that Beth and Harriet brought!
I think the moral of the story is this: don't plan an evening around a drink you've never tried before but, if you do, make sure you have excellent company and yummy desserts to soften the disappointment. Also, stick with the classics - if you haven't had normal Pimm's, find some before it gets too cold and unseasonable!