Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summertime Sipping...

We've been reading "The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart for Book Club and one of the beverages briefly mentioned in the book is Pimm's No. 1.  It was really popular back in Brooklyn and I remember drinking this during the summers at rooftop parties.  Apparently this herb-flavored gin-based liquor is an iconic summer drink in England.  There are several different ways to drink it, but the most commonly enjoyed version is a Pimm's Cup, which includes sparkling lemonade and an assortment of fruit like sangria and muddled mint like a mojito.  It can also be served with ginger ale or dry champagne.  One of the secret ingredients is thought to be fenugreek, which has a slightly spicy maple flavor.

Only after drinking a few of these did my brain make an unfortunate connection... the version with lemonade has a strikingly familiar flavor combination as the Master Cleanse.  If you're not familiar with the Master Cleanse, it consists of only drinking a lemonade concoction that includes maple syrup and cayenne pepper for fourteen days.  It's not an altogether unpleasant taste, but the effects of drinking it (especially for long periods of time) are... well... "cleansing".

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