This classic Pimm’s cup cocktail is a refreshing summer cocktail, not too sweet, not too strong, perfect for sipping by the pool while soaking up the sun waiting for the BBQ to be served.
The first time I had a Pimm’s cup cocktail was years ago at Harvelle’s club in Long Beach. It’s a cool modern day speakeasy, with great drinks and shows. I have to say it was love at first sip. I don’t drink often, but I love the refreshing taste of this coctail, the way it isn’t too sweet or too strong. It has a nice balance of fruity and herbal, and is overall delicious.
How to make Pimm’s Cup
Making this Pimm’s Cup is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Fill a tall glass with ice and garnishing such as cucumber, strawberry and orange slices.
- Pour in the Pimm’s No. 1. This is a gin based liquor infused with herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and spices.
- Top it off with ginger beer, ginger ale or sparkling lemonade. Regular lemonade will work as well but I like the fizz.
What garnishing can you use in Pimm’s cup cocktail? My preferred garnishing are cucumber for its freshness, strawberry for its sweetness, and orange to play off the caramelized orange flavor infused in the liquor. Others, such as mint and lemon, are also great in the original Pimm’s cup.
This Pimm’s Cup recipe makes just one serving. But it can be scaled up easily to make a jugful of refreshing drink for your summer BBQ.
More Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail
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This recipe was originally published on 8/6/2014. The post has been updated with extra tips and process photos.
Pimm’s cup cocktail
- 2 oz Pimm’s No. 1
- 6 oz ginger beer, ginger ale or lemonade
- Garnishing: sliced cucumber, halved strawberries, orange slices, mint
- Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
- Add sliced cucumber, strawberry, and orange.
- Pour in 2 oz of Pimm’s No. 1, top off with ginger beer, ginger ale or lemonade.
- Garnish with more fresh fruits and mint if desired.
- Calories are estimated using ginger ale, and do not include any garnishing.
- Both regular or sparkling lemonade can be used, but I prefer sparkling for the fizz.