Why we love the pimm’s cup
This cocktail is the quintessential summer drink you never knew you were missing. It is perfect for garden parties, picnics, and outdoor events with its bright, fruity flavor profile.
While you can find different renditions of this cocktail, they all revolve around a base of Pimm’s and a top off of something sweet. So you can easily customize this cocktail to your liking.
Whether you prefer ginger ale, lemonade or soda to top it off, you can’t skip the cucumber or strawberries. They infuse their flavor into the cocktail and give it that truly refreshing taste you’ll love.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Pimm’s No. 1 – This is a subtle and refreshing gin-based liqueur is slightly spiced, with fruity and herbal notes. There’s really no substitute here.
- Lemon juice – While lemon is traditionally used, lime juice would compliment the ingredients in this cocktail just as well.
- Simple syrup – For an added touch of sweetness. Feel free to leave this out if you don’t love a sweet drink.
- Angostura bitters – A few dashes of bitters adds depth, complexity, and a subtle flavor, which helps to enhance aromatic qualities of this drink.
How to make a Pimm’s cup
Mix the base. Fill a highball glass or collins with ice. Add Pimm’s, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters to a highball or tom collins glass. Using a bar spoon, stir ingredients until they’re nice and cold.
Add the botanicals. Toss strawberries and cucumber into the glass, along with some fresh mint. Make sure to tap the mint leaves a few times to release the flavorful oils in the leaves.
Top with bubbles. Finish off the cocktail with a couple ounces of ginger ale, or your choice of soda. Give everything a gentle stir to fully incorporate all ingredients.
Everything you need to know about the Pimm’s cup
Pimm’s No 1 is a gin based liqueur – which means that it started as gin and other ingredients such as fruits, spices and other herbs to develop the flavor further. Liqueurs tend to have a sweeter, more complex taste than a traditional gin.
It’s a gin-based liqueur infused with a secret blend of herbs, spices, fruit extracts, and quinine. The taste can be described as a combination of strawberries, oranges, cucumber and mint blended with herbal spices.
A bottle of Pimm’s No 1, if stored properly will stay fresh for 18-24 months. We recommend storing in a cool, dry place with a cap replaced tightly. It should be noted that refrigeration can cause a cloudiness to occur in the liqueur but it should not affect the taste.
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- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes of angostura bitters
- 1–2 ounces ginger beer
- For garnish: fresh mint sprig, cucumber slice
- Add ice to a highball glass and add Pimm’s, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters. Stir until well chilled.
- Add a few strawberry and cucumber slices and top with ginger beer. Gently stir to incorporate.
- Garnish with a cucumber slice and a mint sprig before serving.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Gin
- Method: Stirred
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 235
- Sugar: 25.5 g
- Sodium: 430.3 mg
- Fat: 1.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 48.6 g
- Fiber: 2.5 g
- Protein: 19.7 g
- Cholesterol: 10.2 mg
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