The Pimm’s Cup is a light and refreshing summer cocktail, though we drink it year-round here at Zestful Kitchen. Garnish this simple-to-make cocktail with a mixture of fresh herbs, berries, lemon slices and cucumber slices.
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What is Pimm’s Cup?
The Pimm’s Cup cocktail hails from England and is a simple and refreshing cocktail perfect for summer. It’s made with fruit liqueur, most often Pimm’s No. 1, fresh lemon juice, lemonade and ginger ale.
Stirred together right in a cocktail glass, the Pimm’s cup gets garnished with what can be described as a garden. Nothing is off limits, but the most common garnishes include fresh herbs such as mint and basil, lemon wheels, slices of cucumber and berries.
What is Pimm’s No. 1?
Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based liqueur (also called fruit cup) flavored with fruit and herbs. It was invented in London in 1823 by James Pimm and is still in production today, though it’s slightly less bozzy than it’s original version. Today Pimm’s No. 1 is pretty low alcohol, just 25% (50 proof) and is sometimes compared to Italian Amaro.
Pimm’s No. 1 is made from gin and flavored with fruit and herbs.
Pimm’s No. 1 is brick-brown and clear (not cloudy).
Think mild cola with a dose of orange, herbs and a touch of ground coffee.
Pimm’s No. 1 tastes a lot like it smells (not surprisingly) with bittersweet notes of orange, camomile, warm spices, and chocolate. Pimm’s is sweet with a slight bitterness.
Depends on how much you like the Pimm’s Cup (it’s not used in many other classic cocktails). If you aren’t sure if you like it, try it sometime when you’re out to eat. You can always play around with Pimm’s No. 1 in a Pimm’s Spritz, Aji Dulce, or Oestersoe Cola. You can even make a version of the Kir Royale in this Pimm’s Royale.
How to Make Pimm’s Cup Cocktail
The Pimm’s Cup cocktail is already pretty simple but my version simplifies the ingredient list even more and creates a drink that’s more refreshing and refined. Most often the Pimm’s Cup is made with Pimm’s No. 1, fresh lemon juice, lemonade and ginger ale. My version skips the ginger ale and instead opts for sparkling lemonade to add both lemony sweetness and effervescence.
Let’s get the obvious out the way—Pimm’s Cup is a British-born cocktail and San Pellegrino is Italian. If you’re a traditionalist, skip the sparkling lemonade and opt for 2 ounces lemonade and 2 ½ ounces ginger ale. Or simply use sparkling lemonade or ginger beer.
- Fill a collins or rocks glass with ice.
- Pour Pimm’s No. 1 and freshly squeezed lemon juice over ice into glass and stir to combine.
- Top with sparkling lemonade, give it a brief stir then garnish with lemon wheels, cucumber slices, herbs and berries.
- Sip, sip, enjoy!
How to make a Pimm’s Cup New Orleans: combine 1 ¼ ounce Pimm’s No. 1 with 3 ounces lemonade in an ice-filled collins glass. Top it off with 7UP or lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
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A classic British cocktail fit for warm weather! This low-abv drink is perfect for long summer days.
For 1 cocktail:
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No.1
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces sparkling lemonade such as San Pellegrino Limonata
- lemon wheels, cucumber slices, fresh berries and fresh herbs such as mint or basil, for garnish
For a pitcher (8 drinks)
- 2 cups Pimms No.1
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 5 lemon wheels + more for garnish
- 5 cucumber slices + more for garnish
- 2 cups sparkling lemonade, chilled
- fresh berries and fresh herbs such as mint or basil, for garnish
For 1 cocktail:
- Fill a rocks or Collins glass with ice.
- Pour Pimm’s and lemon juice over ice; stir to combine.
- Top with sparkling lemonade, stir and garnish as desired.
For a Pitcher (8 drinks)
- In a large pitcher combine Pimm’s, lemon juice, lemon wheels and cucumber slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, stir chilled sparkling lemonade into pitcher with Pimm’s and lemon juice. Pour over ice into rocks or collings glasses and garnish with additional lemon wheels, cucumber slices, berries and herbs.
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