Cocktail Recipe: Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's No. 1The Pimm’s Cup, so beloved in England and New Orleans, is one of summer’s finest beverages. Refreshing, colorful, delicious, and lightly alcoholic, the Pimm’s Cup is easy to make and even easier to drink.

The Pimm’s Cup — the most popular drink served at Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show — is built around Pimm’s No. 1. A sweet-spicy-herbal combination of gin and various (secret) flavors, Pimm’s No. 1 was created in the mid-19th century by English barman James Pimm.

The cocktail is a simple highball, made up of Pimm’s No. 1, a mixer, and a fruit garnish. The mixer is typically English lemonade (a carbonated variety, akin to American 7-Up or Sprite), but can also be ginger ale or ginger beer, or even Champagne, which makes it a Pimm’s Royale. The garnish is almost always a cucumber (this has replaced the original borage), and this is sometimes accompanied by a mint sprig, lemon slices, and a variety of other fruits.

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s Cup


  • 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1
  • 4-6 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda or Ginger Ale
  • Cucumber, for garnish


  1. Pour Pimm's and mixer into a tall, ice-filled glass, and stir. Garnish as you wish.
  2. Possible garnishes include: mint sprig, lemon slices, strawberries, apple slices, orange slices, or whatever strikes your fancy.