{photo via orangette}

the thought of the long path ahead has made me thirsty. 
 my drink of choice this summer? 
 the pimm's cup - ma naturalmente - 
followed (in no particular order ) 
by the dark & stormy, 
a mount gay & tonic, 
limoncello (handmade by my friend nancy) on ice, 
or when all else fails, the shandy 
(or as t-brain likes to call it - the shanty).  
is there anything better than a 
well-stocked bar?

{photos from top: miles redd, s.r. gambrel (2) & celerie kemble}

• now here's a recipe that sounds 

adapted from Toby Maloney, The Patterson House, Nashville
2 cucumber slices, about 1/4-inch thick
half a strawberry
4 mint sprigs
1 ounce Pimms No. 1
1 ounce gin
2/1/2 teaspoons ginger juice (sold at health food stores)
2 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
club soda or seltzer.
1. with a muddler or wooden spoon, crush cucumber and strawberry half in a cocktail shaker. add 3 mint sprigs and press gently.
2. half fill shaker with ice and add Pimm's, gin, ginger juice, simple syrup and lime juice. shake vigorously, strain into a tall glass over fresh ice, and top with soda or seltzer.
garnish with remaining mint sprig and serve with a straw.
makes one drink.
{from the ny times}

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