Cocktail of the Week: Pimm’s Cup

2 Aug

A Pimm’s Cup is sort of like a garden on ice.  Usually served with a cupload of fruit and veggie garnish, this drink is perfect for when you wish you were spending time outside but are dissuaded by the persistent, overwhelming, moist-armpit-like heat.


  • 1 3-inch piece English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch slices, plus 2 spears (for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1
  • 3 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 sprigs each fresh rosemary
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 fresh strawberries, halved
  • Ginger beer, chilled


  • Place 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices in cocktail shaker. Using muddler or handle of wooden spoon, mash well. Add Pimm’s, lemon juice, and sugar. Fill 2 glasses with ice; set aside. Add ice to Pimm’s mixture, cover, and shake vigorously 20 times. Strain into glasses. Push 1 rosemary sprig, 1 lemon slice, and 2 strawberry halves down into each glass. Fill glasses with ginger beer. Garnish with cucumber spears.

2 Responses to “Cocktail of the Week: Pimm’s Cup”

  1. Casey August 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    Oh I LOVE a Pimm’s Cup. There are a lot of variations– I’ve never seen this one with rosemary. The first one I ever had, the bartender muddled the strawberries and cucumber in the glass before building the rest of the drink. I keep meaning to try that method, but I always just do Pimm’s, lemon, cucumber, and ginger soda.

    Had a godawful one at Lafitte’s the other day– bartender used 7up!

    Also, there are/were Pimm’s Nos. 2-6 as well:'s

  2. mackeyda August 3, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Never knew there were Pimm’s No 2-6! Fascinating. I want to get my hands on some 6!

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