Pimm's Cup

September 18, 2008

Photo: Phillip

It's always nice to have a little drinky after a long hard day, isn't it? Some days call for a shot of tequila, while other days something light will do. My favorite new-to-me light drink is a Pimm's Cup. This old school drink has long been a swanky beverage in England, often enjoyed at fancy sporting events (champagne being the other drink of choice). In fact, a Pimm's Cup is to Wimbledon as a Mint Julep is to the Kentucky Derby.

Pimm's No. 1 was invented in England in 1823 as a health drink. It's a gin-based beverage that is slightly reddish in color and has subtle spice and citrus flavors. By volume it is only 25% alcohol, so one drink won't knock you on your keester.

Pimm's Cup

In a tall glass with ice, mix one part Pimm's No.1 with three parts lemonade or lemon soda. Serve with a wedge of cucumber and a sprig of mint. If you want to get fancy you can also add slices of lemon, orange and strawberry.



Ken's picture

Is Pimm's No.1 sweet?

Carla's picture

As I remember no it isn't too sweet. It's no trouble at all to drink one of those! I'll ask my friend Jonathan.

Thumbbook's picture

What an interesting drink. I'd like to try it :)

Barnaby Dorfman's picture

Not sweet, very refreshing, especially when served with cucumber.

Kendra's picture

sounds yummy...wanna buy me one for my birthday?

richard's picture

By volume it is only 25% alcohol, so one drink won’t knock you on your keester.

Don't you believe it! Knocked my good friend Bertie Wooster, and his good man, Jeeves, over in a minute, betweens sets at Wimbledon (or was it cricket innings at the Oval?)

Good stuff

Arika's picture

I JUST saw this drink mentioned in the movie Ghost on Friday night. Glad to know what it is!

Stevi Deter's picture

Another excellent variation is to use ginger beer (or even ginger ale) in place of the lemonade.

Thérèse-Marie's picture

This was a staple drink at the Oak Brook Polo matches...delish and refreshing on a hot summer day...merci for reminding me of some lovely days watching lovely horses (and hot sweaty Polo players...lol...)