The idea of sharing a drink before a meal dates back through the ages, and it was the Europeans who turned it into an artform in the 18th Century. Aperetifs are light and dry, often with a slight bitterness, so as not to overindulge your senses. It’s all about stimulating your appetite and this fresh Pimm’s cup will do just that, with its low alcohol content and fresh flavours. It’s certainly one that will get your guests talking and your party started.

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• 250ml Pimm’s No. 1 Aperitif
• 500ml lemonade
• 20 mint leaves
• 8 strawberries, quartered, stems removed
• 1/2 orange, cut into wedges
• 1 apple, cut into chunks, core removed
• 2 limes, cut into wedges
• 1/2 cucumber, cubed

Place all of the sliced fruit, mint leaves and cucumber into a punch bowl or jug.

Pour over the Pimm’s and stir gently.

Fill the jug or bowl with ice, and top up with the lemonade.

To serve, line glasses with thin slices of extra cucumber (using a vegetable peeler or mandolin), pour in cocktail and garnish with additional cucumber and mint sprigs.