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The Pimm's Cup, built around a gin-based liqueur blended with spices, has been a summertime staple in the UK for centuries and will add some fizz to the festivities. We asked bartender Chad Parkhill, author of Around the World in 80 Cocktails, to help us concoct the libation.
1. Wash fruits for garnish (Parkhill likes blackberries, strawberries, and half wheels of orange and lemon).
2. Create thin ribbons from 1 baby cucumber. Fill a Collins glass with ice, fruit, and a cucumber ribbon.
3. Add 1 ounce Pimm's No. 1 Cup, 1 ounce gin, and ½ ounce lemon juice. Top with 6 ounces lemon-lime soda (Sprite, 7 Up) or ginger ale, or a mix of both. Stir to combine and place a straw in the drink.
4. Tuck 1 sprig of mint next to the straw, so you can inhale its aroma as you sip.