May 23, 2017 40

Light + Bubbly Pimm’s Punch Cocktail + a giveaway!

Pimm’s Punch, a spring and summer cocktail.
Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner.
I distinctly remember the first time I saw Shelly’s work.

It was in 2014.

It was a festive punch with candied rosemary.

I was in awe of Shelly’s ability to create vibrant and minimal, yet intricate photographs. And although her style and artistry has morphed and grown through the years to reflect who she is now, that post still maintains all that is, Vegetarian ‘Ventures.

For me writing this blog, it’s all about transparency. I place a lot of value on authenticity and staying true to yourself. And I want to read and follow blogs that are doing that, and bringing something new to the table. Because if you aren’t doing that, why are you doing it at all? To stand out in a completely saturated food blogging world, it’s imperative to convey who you are through your writing and imagery and recipe development. Shelly embodies all of this.

With every recipe and image, Shelly is herself. And in real life she’s as sweet and wonderful as her writing would lead on to. As a vegetarian, in a heavily carnivorous part of the country, her new book Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures gives a glimpse of what it’s like to be Shelly. The book is rich with Midwestern adventures, and vibrant plant-based food. My favorite part is how the book is organized. Into chapters named after the seasons and activities like, brunch and hiking excursions and playing in the snow. I know, it’s fun. We all wanna be Shelly right now.

This Pimm’s punch recipe comes from the Spring/picnic chapter. It’s light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real stunner with all those chunks of fresh produce. The most brilliant part about this recipe is the simple syrup. Instead of boiling it, the recipe combines cucumbers and sugar sitting together overnight. You know, similar to making strawberries for strawberry shortcake.

The book is out June 20, but available for pre-order now. And! I’m excited to give away a copy of Vegetarian Heartland {thanks Chronicle Books!} and a delicious artisan barbecue spice blend made by Shelly herself. To enter leave me a comment below. I’ll choose a winner at random on May 30 at noon Central, and notify the winner by email. Contest is open to readers in the United States.

Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner. Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner. Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner. Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner. Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner. Pimm's Punch | Pimm's Punch is light and refreshing with hints of fresh cucumber and strawberries. It is easy to whip up and is a real summer cocktail stunner.

Pimm's Punch
 
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Recipe lightly adapted from Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures. The recipe is nearly identical, except I used blackberries instead of orange slices and I pulled back a little bit on the booze because that's what I had on hand.
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Makes: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced small
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 large cucumber, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups whole strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • ½ bottle Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 cups gin
  • 6 cups sparkling water or club soda
  • ice cubes for serving
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the peeled and diced cucumber with the sugar. Mix well until the cucumber pieces are completely coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or up to 8 hours. Pour the liquid out of the bowl and discard the rest now you have cucumber simple syrup.
  2. In a large punch bowl or pitcher combine the sliced cucumber, lemon, strawberries and blackberries. Pour in the Pimm’s, gin, sparkling water, and the cucumber simple syrup and stir until combined.
  3. Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch.
  4. Enjoy responsibly!

Thanks to the folks at Chronicle Books for gifting me an advance copy of Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures!

40 Responses to "Light + Bubbly Pimm’s Punch Cocktail + a giveaway!"

  1. Reply

    Kerri

    May 23, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Looks georgous (both the book and the drink)!

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    Maggie

    May 23, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Yum! I now know what I’m making with the strawberries in my first CSA pickup.

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    DessertForTwo

    May 23, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    I love it when you make drinks for us!

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      Sherrie

      May 25, 2017 at 9:21 AM

      I love it when you drink them for me, xx.

  4. Reply

    Karlie

    May 24, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    Yay! I love love Shelly’s blog and the book looks beautiful! Have a great weekend! xx

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    Danielle

    May 24, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    What a refreshing summer drink, I’d love to see what else is inside that cookbook!

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    Shoshana Rose

    May 24, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    I love cookbooks that are divided by season – perfect for the way I cook!

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    Sophie MacKenzie

    May 24, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Pimm’s cup is my favourite go to summer cocktail. This version is gorgeous and totally going on this years menu.

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    May 24, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    These are just gorgeous! Hooray for Shelly and her beautiful book! I’m in love. And I totally agree with you: the fun of the book shines through gorgeously. Just like your beautiful photos and this delicious cup.

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    Rachael @ Rachael's Foodie Life

    May 24, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    This punch is gorgeous! There is little I love more than inviting my nearest and dearest over for drinks, nibbles and fun and I know they would love this punch

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    Venice Williams

    May 25, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Sounds yummy!

  11. Reply

    Meredith

    May 26, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Like With Food + Love, Shelly’s blog has inspired me to cook delicious feel-good food. Glimpsing at the preview of her new book (yay!) makes me want to cook all the delicious recipes as well as hop on a plane to visit the big beautiful Midwest! But for now, I’m happily reaching for this Pimm’s.

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    Eileen

    May 27, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    This cookbook sounds so good! And just look at all the fresh fruit in that glass – so refreshing. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. Reply

    Melanie huttner

    May 27, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Sounds and looks delicious! Would love to read this book!

  14. Reply

    Valentina | The Blue Bride

    May 28, 2017 at 1:43 AM

    I never drink alcohol but this cocktail sounds interesting!

  15. Reply

    Julia

    May 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    What a great classic drink!

  16. Reply

    Annette

    May 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    What a beautiful looking beverage. The cover of the cookbook looks so appealing. I’d love to try it.

  17. Reply

    Lily

    May 28, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    I just recently became vegetarian, so this would be great for me to find some new recipes!

  18. Reply

    ali

    May 29, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    The cookbook sounds awesome! And the drink sounds pretty tasty too.

  19. Reply

    Brie

    May 29, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    One of my favorite food blogs for healthy inspiration! What a fun sounding book!

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      Sherrie

      May 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM

      Shelly is the best!

  20. Reply

    Natalia

    May 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    This looks like a beautiful beverage! The book looks lovely, would love to have it home!

  21. Reply

    Robin Berger

    May 29, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    That book looks beautiful and so does the Pimm’s cocktail. Unfortunately it is cold and damp right now and it doesn’t feel like summer just yet but everything is growing and looking quite green.

  22. Reply

    Celesta

    May 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Thank you Sherrie, I would love the new veggie cookbook. Today I made your strawberry sauce, sweetened with some blackberry jam with a dash of lemon juice. Divine over chocolate cake! Please keep these delicious ideas coming. Cheers, Celesta

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    Rachel Schwallier

    May 29, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Greetings from Michigan. Yum-a-licious! The fresh fruit and herb will make my summery feeling day so much sweeter. High five.

  24. Reply

    Danielle Monique

    May 29, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Your photography and site are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your talents and gifts with us. Sweet day to you and yours, Danielle

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      May 30, 2017 at 9:55 PM

      Thank you for leaving me such a beautiful comment, Danielle. You made my day, xx!

  25. Reply

    Pauline

    May 29, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    I just started eating a mainly-veggie lifestyle a few months ago, and would love to have a cookbook that celebrates the vegetables of summer. Thanks for the opportunity, Sherrie!

  26. Reply

    Sonia

    May 29, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Pimm’s is one of my favorites! And the cover of her book is stunning. Can’t wait to see the inside!

  27. Reply

    Mianna Harlepp

    May 29, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Oooh, so refreshing. Summer is finally here!

  28. Reply

    Colleen Cervantes

    May 29, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    OMG. I just read a whole write up about PIMM’s and their various flavors and substitutes. I am so lucky to be in California and able to get the various specialty liquors. Hope to win the cookbook. I am sure I will enjoy the recipes and pictures. Thank you.

  29. Reply

    Melissa

    May 29, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    That book looks amazing!! And the cocktails too!!

  30. Reply

    jacquie

    May 30, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    This cookbook looks wonderful!

  31. Reply

    Anne

    May 30, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    The cookbook looks amazing and so does the beverage!

  32. Reply

    Rebecca

    May 30, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Looks and sounds refreshing!

  33. Reply

    catherine h.

    May 30, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    What an awesome summer addition to the cookbook shelf! I want!!

  34. Reply

    Jessica L

    May 30, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Such an awesome giveaway! I’ve been trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet and would love to have this book for even more inspiration.

  35. Reply

    Wendy Welch

    May 30, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Those drinks love divine! I would love to win the book!

  36. Reply

    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    June 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Sherrie! Thank you so much for the kind words and VH love! These photos are seriously insane and I can’t get over your kind words. <3 <3 <3

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