For all of you tennis enthusiasts out there who aren’t English and only watch the game for the grunts and the potential for errant balls to strike the crouching boy on the sidelines, Wimbledon can seem a bit confusing. In reality, it’s a giant game of ping pong in fancy white outfits. Though it might seem a bit upper-class and high-brow, Wimbledon is the perfect excuse to pick up a Pimm’s Cup and drink until it all makes sense.
That’s right, a Pimm’s Cup, the official drink of Wimbledon. Pimm’s No. 1 is an English liqueur that has the reputation for being that brownish liquid with the fancy font next to the Bailey’s in most liquor stores, but it deserves your attention for its herbaceous qualities that turn any cocktail into a reason to celebrate the summer sun. In England, celebrating the summer sun has about a three-hour window so it’s best that the cocktail isn’t too complicated.
The only detail you’ll need to remember is that lemonade as it is in England is not the sugary sweet mess we’ve grown accustomed to here in the States. Lemonade for the English is more like lemon-lime soda without the lime.
1 part Pimm’s No. 1 cup
3 parts lemonade
Mint leaves, thin cucumber slices,
orange and strawberry slices.
Mix all in a jug over ice and serve to your ball-whacking friends throughout the entirety of Wimbledon and you’ll follow the ball, all right, follow it right to the white tennis shorts outlet store.
A fun variation is to replace the lemonade with ginger ale, but that’s not all that traditional. Then again, we’re Americans and if we’re going to be forced to watch both Wimbledon and the World Cup at the same time, I’ll make my cocktail however I flippin’ want.
Stay tuned for the next installment of 5 O’Clock Somewhere wherein we’ll tackle the official drink of the World Cup.
Chris O’Neal is one yellow card away from being sent off for not understanding what is happening at any given time in tennis or soccer (footie). Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @agentoneal.