Thursday Tipples 09 / Apple Pie Pimms

apple pie pimms
The seasonal differences between us in Australia and you guys in the Northern Hemisphere can cause a significant amount of envy for me, especially since I started reading food blogs 8 years ago. Recently I’ve seen dozens of recipes for popsicles and ice cream using fresh berries, but meanwhile here it is all about pumpkin, pears and soup. And while do I appreciate the different seasons and all that they bring, I just like warm weather and stone fruit way more!!

apple pie pimms
To me Pimms is a quintessential summer drink – traditionally served with strawberries, cucumber and lemonade, but this month’s Thursday Tipples cocktail is inspired by the classic Apple Pie. It’s a tasty little drink and a nice way to bridge the seasons. I think it can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon spiced syrup gives it a sort of warm wintery vibe but it’s also fun and refreshing.

apple pie pimms
The ingredients play well with each other, a great balance of tart and sweet. It doesn’t really taste boozy so you’ll have to watch yourself with these ones! If you’re in the southern hemisphere, I think it’s perfect to serve at a wintery lunch or if you’re not, maybe a July 4th celebration. If you’re making it for a party you could serve it in a pitcher with apple slices like the more traditional Pimms. Happy Thursday!

apple pie pimms

Apple Pie Pimms
Serves 1, can be scaled up

  • 60ml Pimms
  • 60ml cloudy apple juice
  • 30ml cinnamon simple syrup (see below)
  • 15ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Dry apple cider (sparkling) or ginger ale, to top up
  • Apple slices and cinnamon stick, to garnish

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
To make the simple syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to the boil. Allow to boil for a few minutes until slightly syrupy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks before using. Can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.

To make the cocktail, combine Pimms, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a  cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, strain into a serving glass with more ice. Top up with apple cider and garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

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