Pimm's Cup

July 15, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by Eric Moran
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

If you’re looking for something a little more wide awake, add two squeezes of lemon. If you lean sweeter, toss your berries in a slick of honey before you muddle them. If it’s booze you’re after, you can replace a measure of your Pimm’s with gin. I don’t, because the point of a Pimm’s cup is not to make a man out of you. But it’s open if you are.

You’ll want to double strain, lest you end up with something closer to a smoothie than a cocktail. And you’ll want to go all out with your garnishes. It's summer; your glass should look precisely like a circus. —Kenzi Wilbur

What You'll Need
  • A palmful of mint leaves
  • 2 fingers’ worth of cucumber (about two 1/2-inch thick slices)
  • 1 large or 2 medium strawberries
  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 large squeeze of lemon (up to a 1/2 ounce)
  • Best quality ginger ale
  1. Add the mint, cucumber slices, and strawberry to the bottom of the shaker, and muddle with a muddler or the handle of a sturdy wooden spoon. Pour in the Pimm’s No. 1, then the squeeze of lemon. Fill shaker with ice, and shake for a good ten seconds.
  2. Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of mint.

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4 Reviews

Elaine M. July 13, 2015
My Dad used to make this by the bowlful! Literally!! One of my favorite drinks in the summer. Brings back great memories...somewhat foggy, but great. He went all out with the garnishes so it was lovely to look at as well as taste.
Awads September 5, 2014
i gotta add gin. i hope it doesn't make me too manly!
Sam1148 August 31, 2014
I love all versions of pimms cup. But my favorite is just the muddled cucumber and soda water. No sugar or sweet stuff. It's so refreshing on a hot summer day and I can fool myself to thinking it's healthy because of no sugar.
Rachel M. August 6, 2014
I love Pimms cup so much I had it as my specialty cocktail at my wedding! but I make it a bit differently. I dont muddle the cucumber and dont strain anything out of it. So my version is a bit more like a sangria with lots of fruit, mint and cucumber floating around.