Picnic Perfect Cocktail

· The cocktail for Summer. Fresh, light and delightfully bubbly. ·

May 16, 2017 2 Comments

We all know the English are partial to a bit of a drink. With over 50 000 pubs in England that's no surprise.


Despite the fact that I had my first English pub pint only a few years ago, I’ve been going to countryside pubs since I was a child.

I was fortunate in that I was only ever really in England during the summer. This meant that for the month that I was there half of those days were relatively warm and sunny.



During these summers my grandparents would drag me all over the country, visiting friends, museums and steam engineย expositions. It was a gay old time.

As a child I was unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic about steam engines. I wasn’t overly impressed with 4 hour long museum visits either. Lunch was always my silver lining and sometimes when I was really lucky, that lunch would be a good olde pub lunch.

Being underage I was never going to order a pint, let alone a cocktail. I was all about a minty lemonade but I was always beyond jealous of those big beautiful glasses of Pimms.



When I sawย those big tall glasses, glistening with condensation ย I was in awe. Each one was filled to the brim with lovely fresh brightly coloured fruits. The fruits danced around the glass by fine little bubbles were intoxicating.

Thinking back now, I realise it’s the perfect drink for pub food. You know?? It’s bright and fresh and it cuts through the rich greasiness of my favourite pub meal (scampi and chips yo!).

With ‘The Picnic’ I’m trying to kind of pay homage to those lovely full glasses of Pimm’s while using my favourite British alcohol. GIN! (This is mainly because I can’t for the life of me seem to find Pimm’s in Paris. )


The Picnic


  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m


  • 5 Slices of cucumber and more for decoration
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Orange slices/segments
  • 60 millilitres Gin
  • 30 millilitres Lemon Juice
  • 15 millilitres Honey
  • Sparkling Water
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Ice


  1. Muddle cucumber and mint in shaker to expel as much juice as possible.
  2. Add gin and honey.
  3. Prepare tall glass layering mint, strawberries, orange and cucumber with ice.
  4. Add ice to shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass and serve.



I ‘designed’ this little ol’ thing with the intent of serving it with the rest of my British menu so think about pairing it with similar yummy foods.

Check out my swanky gourmet take on anย English Breakfast, Beef & Horseradish in Choux and Fish & Chips recipes for some cool ideas to get you started.



  1. Barbie's Beauty Bits

    May 23, 2017

    That looks yummy! I’m not a big gin fan, but I would give that a try as it looks so freshing.

    • sian.hobbs@hotmail.com

      May 25, 2017

      Oh good! feel free to swap it out for whatever booze you like. I also make a virgin version with plain old lemonade. It’s just as good ๐Ÿ™‚

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