I had fully prepared myself to explain to the officer why I had 18 bottles of booze in my back seat. Luckily, I wasn’t pulled over on the way home.
Why would I have 18 bottles of Pimms in my car? First, you need to understand my Mom, sister, and I are a bit obsessed with Pimms. If you’ve been to England, you know that Pimms is EVERYWHERE. It’s the classic British drink that is served in every pub, restaurant, sporting event, royal baby watch party, etc. Their slogan is “It’s Pimms O’Clock!” which is perfect because it’s always time for a Pimms. It’s typical to order a “jug” of Pimms while out at the pub and my Mom and I became pros at polishing that off!
My Mom became addicted and so did my sister and I. While traditional Pimms No. 1 is our usual standby, they recently came out with a new Blackberry & Elderflower flavor. Boy, that one is just as yummy. Made with vodka and a French liqueur with blackberries and elderflowers, I recommend mixing one part Pimms with three parts Elderflower & Rose Lemonade from Belvoir Fruit Farms. More elderflower is always a good thing and the rose water plays off the botanicals in the Pimms.
Now, onto those 18 bottles…
Yesterday, I had stopped in the liquor store attached to my preferred grocery store for some beer to accompany future blog posts. As I was checking out, I noticed a full cart of Blackberry & Elderflower Pimms at the end of the checkout counter. Usually this is where the reduced price liquor is kept. My heart started to race a little.
I asked the clerk, “Are you no longer carrying that flavor of Pimms?”
She smiled and said, “No, we’re still carrying it. Our distributor had a great deal and passed on the price to us–hence the reduced price for you!”
I looked at her stunned. The bottles were marked $5.99 each. Pimms normally retails for $16.99 at this particular store.
I immediately starting grabbing bottle after bottle. When she realized I was
downright crazy really serious about my Pimms, she mentioned there was a full case in a box under the cart.
“Yeah, I’ll just take that.”
Two six packs of beer and 12 bottles of Pimms later, I was in the parking lot shrieking to my Mom over the deal of the CENTURY. She claimed 4 bottles which was perfect. I wanted 8. No shame in my game.
I texted my sister. She needed in on this too.
I walked right back into the store, didn’t make eye contact with the clerk, and set six more bottles up on the counter. She chuckled and told me they did have bottles in back if I needed to come back for some more.
I got home, unloaded my haul, and started sipping. Here’s to Pimm’s, stellar deals in that random cart at the liquor store, and being alcoholically set for the next few summers.