Although Pimms wasn't created until 1840, I'm planning on serving the classic, quintessentially British Pimms No. 1 Cup Cocktail for my Pride & Prejudice — which is set in the 1812 — book party . Pimms Cup was originally a tonic of gin and a mixture of secret herbs developed to aid digestion. Its popularity grew and now it is the perfect English garden party drink. A refreshing mix of lemonade and soda and fresh fruit, this old fashioned drink will pair nicely with my menu  of tea sandwiches . For the ladies who prefer wine over cocktails, offer one type of champagne. For the non-drinkers among the guests, serve classic lemonade and sparkling water flavored with cucumbers. To take a look at the recipe for the Pimms Cup cocktail,
Pimms No. 1 Cup Cocktail 
From Epicurious 
4 lemon slices
4 apple slices
4 orange slices
4 cucumber slices
3 cups Pimm's No. 1 Cup, available at liquor stores
2 cups lemonade soda
4 fresh mint sprigs
- Fill four 8- to 10-ounce highball glasses with ice cubes. Divide the fruit slices among the glasses.
- Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade and 3 tablespoons of Pimm's into each glass. Garnish with the mint and serve.