There are lots of things you will undoubtedly miss from home as an Expat. At some point you will hanker after foods that you didn’t actually eat very much back in the UK either, don’t ask me why. And there will be people who tell you to forget all that, and to embrace the food-stuffs from your host nation instead – which we have done to a certain extent (and it’s done no end of wonders for my cooking skills when trying to recreate stuff from home too these past four years to be honest!)… But there will always be a few exceptions to the rule I am afraid, and along with real tea, decent cheddar and proper bacon, when it comes to a hot and sunny day, as an English person it’s not really summer without the occasional jug of Pimms – that quintessentially British summer drink, traditionally served with sliced strawberries, cucumber, a little orange and some borage. Except we can’t buy it here, it’s almost the end of Strawberry season, and you try finding the word in German for borage let alone the actual herb itself…
But never fear, I have a little secret passed on to me by a very lovely boss I once had. I always seemed to do well with bosses. One of my first summer jobs was in a dairy, bottling milk at the age of 16! That particular boss was a real character and used to “wake us up” with a shot of whisky in our coffees at 5am in the morning… My most recent boss would spoil me with exquisite Birthday and Christmas presents, which were always welcome. But the boss who passed on this very valuable recipe went on to become a good family friend… So, if you can’t get hold of the real stuff, here’s how to almost recreate it at home (thanks Karen!) – cheat’s Pimms if you will…
2 parts Gin
2 parts Red Vermouth
1 Part Orange Curacao (or Triple Sec!)
Ice, strawberries, cucumber, orange, mint.
Mix together, dilute to your preference with lemonade (we usually measure one part spirits to four parts Lemonade)…
Obviously the version above contains raspberries, mint, orange and blueberries, not at all traditional – but needs must. And, as an added bonus the frozen blueberries provided a kind of “novelty decoration” as they spent the entire time sinking to the bottom and then rising to the top again! Recreating an English Summer abroad and not a rain drop in sight!