In the spirit of Summer, and to perfectly cap off my Summer Series, I’m sharing my favourite ‘go-to’ cocktail. The fruity fresh, Pimms. Nothing too fancy, just a simple and delicious summery drink, that’s perfect for sharing (because who wouldn’t love it!?). And it’s FODMAP friendly of course.
Although Summer is enough of an excuse to write this post, there is some other relevance to it. Specifically, how damn hard it can be buying low FODMAP drinks! I’m sure like me you’ve struggled with it. Which fruit will you throw into your post-run juice or smoothie. Milk or no milk in your morning coffee. Choosing a mixer, if any, when having a drink out. You constantly need to have your FODMAP filter switched on, monitoring your levels of fructose intake.
My solution for mixers – soda water! The bubbles in this initially daunted me, but now I know I can tolerate it, and lots of it. I’m seriously obsessed. At the same time, I won’t lie, soda water can get boring as a mixer. I mean it is just bubbly water. But fresh fruit and herbs will help to jazz it up, and a little bit of something fun like friendly juice or cordial. As long as you have the soda water (or water for this matter) to dilute it, you’ll be limiting the fructose.
And don’t forget to stay hydrated on these hot, sunny days. Just throw a few wedges of lime, mint and ice into some water or soda water (there it is again). Trust me, it’ll make drinking water not feel like a chore.
Pimms Cocktail Jug
Fresh mint, scrunched & torn
Orange, thinly sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
1 part Pimms
1-2 part soda water
1 part ginger beer
Put it all in a jug, swizzle and enjoy!