Well, depending on where you come from you may or may not be aware that the ‘beautiful game’ is engaged in it’s second most important tournament.
Yes it’s the Euro’s. Not the money debacle. The football debacle. And that’s football with a round ball thanks. Every four years the ever expanding mess that is Europe engages in an orgy of cliches, play-acting on the pitch, incompetent referees and dangerously drunk ‘fans’ ‘interacting’ with ‘locals’ (i.e riots) in small villages and piazzas.
It’s bloody great. And this time its in those most European of countries Poland and Ukraine. Yes the states that respectively brought you…well sausage and the beginning of the end for Hitler, are hosts. So what if they are about as European as North Dakota? This year’s Eurovision was held in Uzbekistan – and that’s nearer India than France.
Now at about this time we English who decide to follow the action from our armchairs get all patriotic. We get behind our team. And, with tedious repetition, our hopes and dreams of footballing glory get dashed upon the rocks of despair (or to put it another way, we get beaten by Germany, usually in a penalty shoot-out).
Anyway we began the campaign yesterday with a draw against France (another great quirk with the beautiful game is that you don’t always need a winner). And to celebrate this outstanding achievment we at Happinessstan celebrated with a glass of that quintessentially English brew – Pimms!
Pimms is a Gin-based liqueur as old as the dawn of time. And you know its British (English, whatever) because it has a Union Jack slapped all over the bottle. Traditionally its served with lemonade over ice with the following additions:
- Orange segments
Its designed for summer parties where you don’t want to get completely wrecked but also don’t like the idea of having to remain in a state of complete sobriety with people you don’t know for hours on end.
Its dead easy – 1 part Pimms to 3 parts lemonade poured into a jug of ice. Then stir in the fruits and things and pour into tumblers with a swizzle stick:
Pimms – one of your five a day
Yes we don’t mind Pimms in this household. Should help numb the pain of another Euro Championship failure.