Mardi Gras happens Tuesday, why not get a head start on celebrating by enjoying a Pimm’s Cup? This refreshing highball can claim a dual lineage—a distinctly British drink with a historic New Orleans address. Made with a spicy English gin–based liqueur (Pimm’s No. 1) and a tall pour of lemony soda or ginger ale, this summer quencher is associated with the legendary Napoleon House bar. At Bar Tonique, a funky craft- cocktail joint at the edge of the French Quarter, bartenders forgo the traditional cucumber garnish and muddle citrus fruits to order. The result: a distinctively tangy take on the classic.
Ingredients ¼ oz. demerara sugar syrup (2:1 sugar/water ratio) 3 lemon (cut into wedges) 3 lime (cut into wedges) 6 orange (cut into wedges) 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Club soda
Preparation: In a metal shaker, combine demerara syrup and citrus wedges, and crush with a wooden muddler. Add Pimm’s and a couple of ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and fill to the rim with club soda. Stir to combine and serve.