Something a little different this week.  The best thing I made was a super summery, super fun, super colourful drink – The Summer Punch Cup.

Summer Punch CupThe Summer Punch Cup was inspired by two things.  First Schweppes has some limited edition “inspired by London” lemonade in the shops at the moment and it is delicious.  Also, I have been meaning to try the drink that most definitely is not Pimms (tastes almost identical to Pimms) from the cheap European supermarket. 

Put them together, add a splash of sherry and you have the Summer Punch Cup. 

Summer Punch Cup2Cole Porter said it best – “It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely”.

You could use normal lemonade, just muddle a bit more cucumber in the shaker.  And, of course, you could also use Pimms . However, I did do some research on the Austin’s Summer Punch before I bought it and the general consensus was that, particularly if you are using it with a lot of other flavours, the Summer Punch from the cheap European is  almost indistinguishable. 

The Summer Punch Cup is fresh from the cucumber, tangy from the lemon, sweet from the Summer Punch and lemonade with a touch of dryness from the sherry.  And it looks so pretty.  This is surely going to become my go to for summer!

Also right up there was the Passionfruit Coconut Custard.  I bruléed the top to make it even yummier!

Passionfruit Coconut CustardNo real disasters this week but I broke one of my main rules of cooking and regretted it both times.  The rule is never to buy an ingredient for a recipe if I have no other use for it.  I bought pickled mustard leaves for a Thai Khao Soi recipe and Doenjang for a Korean Steak dish. Neither were great and now I am stuck with a whole tub of Doenjang.  It looks a lot like miso, I wonder if I can use it interchangeably?  If anyone knows, please advise! 

Summer Punch Cup3This week I am looking forward to cooking:

Starter /Lunch / Salad  – Crab and Watercress Finger Sandwiches….so pretty!  This recipe comes from a special they did on retro food. I’m pretty sure there will be more recipes from this feature in due course. 

Main Event – Bang Bang Chicken Salad

Sweet Treats – Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake for The Cookbook Guru

In Other News I Have Been


I’ve been on a bit of a cook book buying binge – all of these were delivered this week.  I’m very excited about all of them.  I think they are all going to be great fun!  Stay tuned, no doubt you will see some of the recipes contained within in due course!

Books CollageI also bought a spoon.  And not just any old spoon.  An official retro food for modern times spoon. Check it out! 



I found another game.  I have only played about ten minutes but already loving:

Her Story


I’m struggling through The Reckoning.  I’m about three chapters in and so far not enjoying it a lot.  I’ll give it another few chapters but I feel that this is not going to be my book of the year!

Summer Punch Cup4


I finished The Faithful Couple.   It was ok.

I have started The Last Werewolf.


Ever since reading The Versions of Us (still probably my favourite book of the year) I have been wanting to rewatch Sliding Doors. Which I got around to doing on the weekend.  Thoroughly enjoyable!!!

I also did a little Paris film watching on the weekend:

  • Midnight in Paris
  • Before Sunset
  • Two Days in Paris

Possibly my way of dealing with the terrible events of Friday night.

Another way to brighten up your day is with the Summer Punch Cup  –  it is a lovely light, bright and summery drink!

The Dishiest Dish – Summer Punch Cup

The Dishiest Dish – Summer Punch Cup


  • 60ml Austin's Summer Punch (or Pimms)
  • Lemonade (I used Schweppes Lemonade with cucumber and citrus)
  • 1 2.5cm thick piece of unpeeled cucumber
  • 1 tbsp lemon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ice
  • 1 tbsp Amontillado Sherry
  • Cucumber slices, strawberries and mint leaves to garnish


  • Muddle the cucumber with the lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker to release the juice.
  • Add the Summer Punch and fill with ice.
  • Cover.
  • Shake until the the outside of the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a tall glass.
  • Add fresh ice and the sherry.
  • Top with the lemonade.
  • Garnish with cucumber slices, halved strawberries and mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!

What’s on your list of good things to cook?  What was the best thing you made this week?

What are you reading, watching, listening to?

I’d love to hear!

Have a fabulous week everyone! 

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2 Comments on The Dishiest Dish – Summer Punch Cup

  1. Do 50% of new cookbooks have bad puns as titles? This is a trend I can approve of! Hmm, I’m thinking Bread Sky in the Morning or perhaps Stairway to Leaven, and maybe Meat Me in St. Louis or…. I’ll get to work.

    • Hi there, I think the high prevalence of puns speaks more to what catches my eye than any real trend in the cookbook industry. Having said that, yes! Please get to work, I would gladly buy any/all of those! There are also a few cocktail titles I have my eye on being Tequila Mockingbird and Gin with the Wind. xx

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