Friday afternoon Brexit cocktail

by James Wigderson | June 24, 2016 4:30 pm

I was asked, so what is the perfect drink to celebrate Brexit? Or, I suppose, drown your sorrows, depending on which side you’re on.

Whatever you do, the gin martini is out. In order to have a great martini you need vermouth from Martini & Rossi. That’s Italian, for the uninformed. Olives are not native to England and the best (for martinis) come from Spain. If they’re stuffed with feta cheese, so much the worse, no? So no, you can’t have a drink incorporating the best of the European Union deadbeats. That just won’t do.

Photo by James Wigderson

The Lovely Doreen from Waukesha modeling a Pimm’s Cup at the Napoleon House in New Orleans.

On the other hand, and with all due respect to my parents, Beefeaters gin on the rocks should only be consumed when your soccer team loses to America.

Let me suggest, especially as we just passed the Summer Solstice, a Pimm’s Cup. It’s a perfect refreshing drink without the risk of the EU telling you to measure your ingredients in milliliters.

Now, there is some irony that the best Pimm’s Cup[1] you can find is at a bar called the Napoleon House. However, remember that the house was intended for Napoleon’s exile after he was defeated at Waterloo, a victory over the European Union still celebrated in England.

If you’re making one at home, Beefeater’s Gin would be especially appropriate as the main ingredient. Remember that the first drink is to the Queen.

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