Pimm’s Lemon Crush cocktail pairs the botanical flavour of Pimm’s with bourbon and a sweet-tart citrus syrup. Substitute maple syrup for citrus if you prefer!
We have a great recipe for sourdough hot cross buns here on BAKED. For part of the recipe, you make your own candied mixed peel and we thought it would be fun to share one of our favourite cocktails with you using the mixed peel syrup as an ingredient: the Pimm’s Lemon Crush cocktail. Cue the cheers!
What Do You Need To Make A Pimm’s Lemon Crush Cocktail?
- Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
- bourbon or Irish whiskey
- fresh lemon juice
- citrus syrup from a batch of candied mixed peel plus pieces of peel for garnish
- ice cubes
What Is Pimm’s?
Pimm’s is a gin-based liqueur that has been produced in England for almost 200 years. It has a mild botanical taste, herbaceous aroma, and citrus finish. It’s a natural partner to complimentary citrus syrups and bitters.
What Is Candied Mixed Peel?
Candied mixed peel is exactly what it sounds like: Citrus peel is cooked in sugar and water three times—twice boiled in plain water to soften the peel and extract some of the bitterness, and once simmered with sugar and water to candy. When the peel is translucent, it’s ready to use in baked goods or as a garnish for cakes, pies, and cocktails! The leftover syrup also makes for a tasty and flavour-forward cocktail ingredient.
If you don’t have, or don’t feel like making candied mixed peel you can make a syrup with fresh citrus juice (lemon, orange, lime, etc., or a mix) and sugar. Directions to do this are in the notes of the recipe card below. Alternatively, if you don’t want to use citrus syrup, you can substitute maple syrup.
Why We Love This Recipe
As you may have noticed from our growing catalogue of sourdough discard recipes, we hate food waste here at BAKED. Using the syrup from the candied mixed peel for the Pimm’s Lemon Crush cocktail is one small (and delicious) way we can reduce waste in our kitchens.
Another thing we love about the Pimm’s Lemon Crush cocktail is the balance between the sweet citrus syrup, tart lemon juice, and fiery bourbon. For those who prefer a more classic-tasting cocktail, you can go lighter on the syrup. For those who prefer a drink that errs on the sweetish side, follow the recipe notes as directed. The Pimm’s Lemon Crush is easily adapted to suit anyone’s taste!
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- 1 oz Pimm's No. 1 Cup
- 1 oz bourbon or Irish whiskey
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- ¾ oz citrus syrup from a batch of candied mixed peel (see notes below)
- ice cubes
- To a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, add the Pimm’s, bourbon or whiskey, lemon juice, and citrus syrup. Secure the lid and shake vigorously until the mixture is cold, about 15 seconds.
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a slice of mixed peel, if you’ve got it.
If you don’t have a batch of candied mixed peel on hand, start making it now. (Just kidding. But really, you should make it; it’s so good!) You can, in the meantime, make a citrus simple syrup by simmering 1 part fresh citrus juice (any mix or type you like) to one part sugar until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has thickened, about 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can use maple syrup in its place. Start with ½ oz of maple syrup, taste, and add the remaining ¼ oz if needed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g
This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator.
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