the pimm's cup

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Toast with the Most

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.

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Mad Hatter

Royal unions and fascinators go hand in hand. To make your own over-the-top headpiece (fair warning: it won't resemble the serpentine bow, above, that Princess Beatrice wore to William and Kate's ceremony), follow our instructions from Erica Domesek, DIY doyenne and founder of the site P.S.—I Made This...

1. Cut 1 to 1½ feet of wide mesh ribbon with bendable wire edges.
2. Hold the center of the ribbon in one hand; use your other hand to fold the ribbon's loose ends, creating loops and twists.
3. Use a needle and thread to stitch the ends of the ribbon into the pinched base.
4. Using a hot-glue gun, attach feathers of different sizes and textures to the back of the ribbon embellishment.
5. Glue the entire sculpture to a hair comb or a headband. Huzzah!

Photo: Dorling Kindersley, William Shaw, 2018.

Meet Your Kneads

Say "I do" to a batch of Devon scones, adapted from Baking with Mary Berry.

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Sift 1¾ cup self-rising flour into a bowl. Rub in 4 Tbsp. chilled butter, cubed, with fingertips until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir in 2½ Tbsp. granulated sugar.
3. Break 1 egg into a measuring cup, then fill the cup to the 2/3 mark with milk. Beat lightly and add to bowl. Mix until it forms a soft dough.
4. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth. Roll until ½" thick, cut into rounds with a 2" pastry cutter, and put on a lightly buttered baking sheet. Brush each round with milk.
5. Bake for 10 minutes until risen and golden. Serve with jam. "I would choose strawberry," says Berry, "and a good clotted or whipped cream."

Biscuit Recipe from Baking with Mary Berry, © 2018 by Mary Berry. Reprinted by permission of DK Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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