This being a remarkably hot stretch in DC, I have found myself (and company) wanting cocktails on the light and refreshing side. Thus, I have revisited Pimm's. However, I was looking for something a bit punchier than a standard Pimm's Cup and perhaps a bit more complex. I have found tequila to work well with herbal/savory drinks so with that in mind I designed the Cocktail, South of Wimbledon.
1 ounce of blanco tequila
1 ounce of Pimm's
.5 ounce of lemon juice
3 ounces of ginger ale
Shake tequila, Pimm's, and lemon juice and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a cucumber spear and lemon peal.
The South of Wimbledon Cocktail turned out very nice. Two days after first making one, my wife requested one of her own, always a good sign. I also gave it to a few guests at a small gathering we had and everyone seemed to enjoy it. As for the flavor, this is a drink lacking a dominant flavor, though the lemon probably cuts through more than anything else. The Pimm's adds sweetness but not so much as to overwhelm the other flavors. I thought that the tequila and the cucumber made for a nice background for the drink. I think that this is very much a warm weather beverage and a pretty light one at that. Even though it wasn't too sweet, the sugar in the ginger ale and Pimm's combined with the relatively low alcohol content was such such that I don't think this is a particularly good vehicle towards a serious buzz but rather a way to cool off with something interesting. It was a fair amount of work to put together with the pealing of a cucumber and the juicing of the lemon, but made in bulk, it was manageable.