Memories of London 2012 from world travelers

By Katelynn Thys  |  BSU at the Games

London Travelers share their opinions on what made London a great place to host the Summer Games.

Katelynn Thys is a junior telecommunications and journalism major at Ball State University and features reporter for BSU at the Games. Follow Katelynn and the BSU team at @skyismylimit_kt@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

What was your favorite London 2012 moment?

By Charlotte Dunlap  |  BSU at the Games

Olympic fans waiting in line for the live screening of the Closing Ceremony at Victoria Park, London, share their favorite moments from London 2012.

Closing Ceremony at Tower Bridge

By Pat Boylan, Michael Nauman and James Jeffrey  |  BSU at the Games

At a pub near Tower Bridge in London, Olympic fans share their British pride.

The Games draw to a close

By Charlie Akers and Katelynn Thys  |  BSU at the Games

Marathon attendees reflect on their Olympic experiences and admiration for the host city during London 2012. A welcoming atmosphere, bubbling personalities and overabundance of sunshine made these Olympic Games an enjoyable experience. Men’s marathon was one of the last events to take place. It was open and free to the public, which increased attendance and energetic spirits as the Games drew to a close.

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Catching some air in Westminster

By Sara Schaefer  |  BSU at the Games

Public transportation is great, but you can see a lot more action by walking around London this summer. Take a look at the streets of Westminster, which are filled with impersonators, street performers and tourists.

Sara Schaefer is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism news major at Ball State University covering features for BSU at the Games. Follow Sara and the BSU team at @Sara__Schaefer@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

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A rainy day for a marathon

Spectators at the Olympic women’s marathon event are soaked by London’s most infamous weather.

By Sara Schaefer  |  BSU at the Games

Sara Schaefer is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism news major at Ball State University covering features for BSU at the Games. Follow Sara and the BSU team at@Sara__Schaefer@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

Daily Video: Update from London

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How to make a quintessential English drink

By Emily Thompson  |  BSU at the Games

Every now and then, believe it or not, the sun actually comes out in England. And what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing British drink?

A “Pimm’s Cup” or “Pimm’s Lemonade” is a gin-based beverage that’s practically a meal in a cup. So for all of those Olympic tourists looking for something to do in between events, this is the perfect DIY cocktail.

To make a proper Pimm’s, start with the ice. Although ice is somewhat hard to come by in England, bartender Thomas Shirley said it’s important in a Pimm’s because it’s a summer drink and should be chilled. Shirley has worked behind bars for five years and is currently serving at the Round House near Covent Garden in London.

Next comes the fruit: strawberries, oranges, lemons and apples (types of fruit vary in different recipes). Cucumber and mint leaves are also a must.

For a Pimm’s Lemonade, one would think it’s safe to assume lemonade is also included. The funny thing is that Americans and Brits have two different definitions of “lemonade.” English lemonade is carbonated—they would consider American lemonade to be juice. We are separated by a common language, as they say.

For that reason, soda water or Sprite can be used as substitutes for the carbonated lemonade.

“It doesn’t really matter which you put in it because the fruit gives it the flavor,” says Roger Langhor, a bartender at the Angel in Worcester, England.

So fill most of the cup with the carbonated beverage of your choosing, but leave room for the most important ingredient. Finish the drink off by adding 50 milliliters of Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur. When making the drink for another person, it’s customary to let the Pimm’s sit on top so they can stir it.

Finally, find a nice spot in the sun and enjoy.

Although Pimm’s is only served in England, Shirley said it tends to be very popular with tourists.

“I think it has the novelty value for tourists, as it’s marketed as an exclusively English drink,” he said. “So that’s probably why the tourists flock to it because it’s something unique to England.”

But that’s not to say that Brits don’t enjoy the occasional Pimm’s too.

“Normally, in summertime, English people drink refreshing and very light drinks, and Pimm’s is a light drink,” says Marina Botnikova, a bartender at All Bar One in London.

There is a downside to serving Pimm’s in bars, though. Bartenders at the Eagle in
Farringdon say that Pimm’s Cups are “quite a lot of hassle” because they have to keep so much fresh fruit. And because Pimm’s sales are so dependent on the weather, several rainy days in a row result in much of the fruit going to waste.

Still, many English pubs, clubs and bars serve Pimm’s, and it’s simple enough to make. So in addition to trying fish and chips and a full English breakfast while in England, be sure to add a Pimm’s Cup to the list. Plus, it’s healthy because it has fruit, right?

Emily Thompson is a senior magazine journalism major at Ball State University and features reporter for BSU at the Games. Follow Emily and the BSU team at @ekthompson2410@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.