I know that drinking a quintessentially British drink on Independence Day may seem a bit sacrilegious, but that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Because a Pimm's Cup is just that good.
Kind of like England's equivalent of a mojito, Pimm's Cups are fantastic to make in large quantities and will most certainly quench your thirst during the hot and sunny holiday weekend. I think you'll like it!
2 oranges, cut into half-moons
2 lemons, cut into half-moons
1 English Cucumber, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
2 cups Pimm's No. 1
4 cups Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
6 to 8 large sprigs mint, crushed gently, plus a few loose leaves
Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice. To each, add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, a layer of cucumber slices, and strawberry slices. Repeat the layering, reserving 1/4 of each for garnish. Pour in the Pimm's and Ginger Ale, dividing between pitchers, and mix with a long-handled spoon. Poke mint sprigs and leaves down into drink.
Divide drink among 8 tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.