Are you ready for the weekend yet?
I sure am! This week has been a long one. Lots of work, getting to spend quality time with some amazing friends, wedding planning, and so many ideas floating through my head about this blog and how I can continue to grow it to be able to do what I love 24/7. With all of that mumbo-jumbo cluttering my brain, I’m certainly ready for this Drink-of-the-Week!
It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a gin cocktail with you (well, two weeks exactly since I posted this Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz), so I thought it was about time to add another one to the mix. And before we even get to the recipe, isn’t Ginnie Pimm’s just the cutest name for a cocktail? I’m pretty proud of myself for that one.
I was inspired for this recipe by a couple of things. First, and foremost, I recently learned about Jen Ross & Cristina Ros Blankfein and their company, BeMixed. These Harvard Business School grads created the BeMixed line of cocktail mixers as an alternative to every health-conscious gal’s usual drink order of vodka-soda. The business has taken off and Jen & Cristina have seen features on TheEveryGirl.com (where I found out about them), The New York Times and InStyle and their product is now available to ship countrywide. You know me, I always love giving a shout-out to my women entrepreneurs, and these ladies are nothing but!
The mixers are all-natural, zero-calorie and come in three flavors: Ginger-Lime, Cucumber-Mint and Margarita. And did I mention they come in the cutest little single serve bottles? I just about died when I opened the box.
I decided to start my foray into the BeMixed world with the Ginger-Lime flavor. You see, inspiration number two for my Ginnie Pimm’s cocktail came from a bottle of Pimm’s we’ve had sitting on our bar shelf untouched for far too long. The Pimm’s Cup originated in England and is a mainstay at cricket matches. It typically involves a lemony soda or ginger ale, some sort of fresh fruit, cucumber, mint, and, of course, a hefty shot of Pimm’s! (Pimm’s is a gin-based concoction, in case you weren’t aware.)
For my version, I decided to use the BeMixed Ginger-Lime mixer as my “ginger ale.” I wanted to be able to taste the BeMixed, so the only other components I added were Pimm’s, a little extra straight gin (I like my cocktails on the stiffer side, but you could always leave this out,) club soda and a squirt of lime. The BeMixed is surprisingly on the sweeter side, so the extra lime juice and gin help cut through that sweetness a bit. (Disclaimer: The BeMixed mixers are formulated to be served with JUST the addition of whatever alcohol you choose to use – so easy! – But of course I had to mess around with it and add some of my own elements…leave it to the food blogger.)
Now, let me tell you – the Ginnie Pimm’s was soooo refreshing after a long day of cooking and photographing food in the kitchen. It’s light enough to enjoy now through summer, or really at any time of the year. And I’m so glad I have quite the stock of BeMixed sitting in my refrigerator right now. I’m so excited to start playing around with the Cucumber-Lime and Margarita versions. But for now, I think I’m going to go kick up my feet and mix myself a Ginnie Pimm’s. I think you should too. You deserve it. It’s Thursday after all! Countdown of T-minus one day ‘til the weekend!
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Pimm’s
- 1 BeMixed Ginger-Lime mixer
- 1.5 ounces club soda
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Fill a highball glass about 2/3 of the way with ice. Add ingredients in order listed above. Stir to combine and garnish with lime wedges.
Oh hello, weekend!