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Need advice on Lemonade in London

Samuelinthekitchen Apr 21, 2010 08:52 AM

Hi folks,

I'm a recent arrival in London and am hosting a party soon that will involve Pimms cups.

I'm sorted on sourcing good fruit and herbs, but as the only other ingredient besides Pimms is lemonade, I don't want to let my cocktails down with Sprite.

I'm rather hoping someone might be able to point me in the direction of a great quality lemonade to complete my cups.

Many thanks

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    skut RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 21, 2010 09:29 AM

    Making your own isn't hard at all. I'm sure one of the posh supermarkets probably has some good stuff, or sells Fentimans. Wild Caper/Franco Manca make excellent lemonade also. Would be interested to hear the suggestions of others.

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      Robin Joy RE: skut Apr 21, 2010 10:56 AM

      Pimms needs the clear carbonated stuff skutty, not the lovely real thing, which would taste very odd in Pimms, I think.

      R. Whites has always been standard issue in the UK, but I doubt if anyone could tell if supermarket own brand was used. FWIW for Pimms I cut my lemonade with about 25% tonic water to pull back the sweetness a little.

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        skut RE: Robin Joy Apr 21, 2010 11:09 AM

        cheers guys, I guess I should sheepishly admit I'm not much of a pimms man.

    2. greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 21, 2010 10:56 AM

      For Pimms you just need bog standard supermarket lemonade and it should be fizzy. Go to Waitrose if you want to be posh.

      1. frogprince RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 21, 2010 11:22 AM

        This may be sacrilege to some...but I find Pimms with Lemonade far too sweet so I usually use low-sugar Ginger Ale or even Ginger Beer. I find it gives the Pimms a little kick and complements the mint.

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          greedygirl RE: frogprince Apr 22, 2010 01:28 AM

          I like ginger beer in mine too.

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            relizabeth RE: greedygirl Apr 22, 2010 05:18 AM

            me too!

        2. Samuelinthekitchen RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 21, 2010 02:01 PM

          Thanks so much folks. It's my first time making Pimms cups, so I really appreciate the help.

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          1. re: Samuelinthekitchen
            Theresa RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 22, 2010 05:41 AM

            One other suggestion - I too hate lemonade in Pimms - try tonic water (NOT slimline), it's fab and tastes much more grown up!

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              nanette RE: Theresa Apr 23, 2010 03:35 AM

              Or champagne if you're a serious drinker.

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                Robin Joy RE: nanette Apr 23, 2010 05:42 AM

                ......and come from Essex.

                But, seriously, "Pimms Royale"(?) is a truly horrible drink. Also, for the £/bottle equivalent (say about £25) you are getting into proper white Burgundy territory, a far superior tipple.

                Hey, just my opinion!

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                  PhilD RE: Robin Joy Apr 23, 2010 12:40 PM

                  Robin, that is a new one on me. How much white Burgundy do you mix with the Pimms? Is Premier Cru OK or does it need to be Grand? And so you vary the fruit/herbs when you use Burgundy?

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                    nanette RE: Robin Joy Apr 24, 2010 02:44 AM

                    nothing wrong with Essex... I usually go with Prosecco.

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