What started as a health drink in London during the 1840s, later turned into the Pimms Cup — a refreshing drink with only a few ingredients. It blends lemon, ginger, and any mid-proof gin (typically Pimm’s No. 1, as the name suggests) with your choice of fruit.
The simplicity makes it perfect for a quick drink on a hot day, or as a blank slate to add your own twist. This is the kind of drink you enjoy slowly, with friends while celebrating a team win or a beautiful summer day.
A Virtuous Past
What is now a well-known daytime cocktail started with virtuous intentions. The ginger and lemon mixed with the nice herbal taste of gin had imbibers convinced of its health benefits. James Pimm created Pimm’s No. 1 in the 1800s at his own bar, it was originally a gin-based digestif.
Spreading quickly around the world, the cocktail found huge success in America, primarily in New Orleans, Louisiana. There they added ginger ale and cucumber to the lemon juice and a variety of fruit to garnish, it was a delicious respite from the heavy heat of New Orleans. The drink also happens to be the favored cocktail of the Wimbledon tournament. In fact, the very first Pimm’s Bar opened on the grounds in 1971.
Pimms Cup Recipe
This cocktail is perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying on your own. Making the drink at home is easy as it is all made in one glass, or by the pitcher if you’re at Wimbledon. The mid-proof makes for a great drink to have during the day while enjoying tennis or any other sport. The drink has been through many different iterations, and you can choose any fruit you love to include, most commonly strawberries and cucumber are used for this cocktail.
We suggest using ginger beer if you love the powerful taste of ginger or lemonade for a sweeter cocktail. Another popular variation is to use sparkling lemonade instead of both ginger ale and lemon juice. We hope you enjoy this recipe and try your own variations for this fun and refreshing cocktail.
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 or your choice of mid-proof gin
- 1/2 ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Ginger beer, to top
- Orange wheel
- Lemon wheel
- Your choice of fruit
- Sprig of mint to garnish
How To Make It
- Add the gin and lemon juice into a glass over ice, then top with ginger beer and stir carefully
- Next add your choice of fruit, the lemon and orange wheels, and mint to garnish
A highball glass is traditionally used for this drink or increase the portions and make it in a pitcher!
This cocktail is beloved by many all over the world. It has a refreshing, healthy taste that will revitalize you as enjoy a great game or nice afternoon. It’s perfect for making in large batches or as a quick cocktail in the evening. Experiment with your own variations and let us know in the comments what you come up with!