Pimm’s Cup

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Get Our Recipes Sent To Your Inbox
Thanks! Keep an eye on your inbox for updates.

Cocktail History

The Pimm’s Cup is a classic cocktail that was created by James Pimm in the 1800s at his oyster bar in London, England. Based on another recipe called the Summer Cup, it’s traditionally made with lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters, soda water, and Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur, a unique spirit invented by Pimm himself, and is adorned with cucumbers, fresh fruit, and mint. Over time, it became a staple at bars in the spring and summer and was eventually named the official cocktail of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur: This is a liqueur made in England with herbs, spices, caramelized oranges, and alcohol. For a mocktail version of this drink, try homemade Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur in place of the Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Soda Water: This is a type of water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. We used Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Aromatic Bitters: This is a food product made with botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Angostura Aromatic Bitters. For a mocktail version of this drink, try All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the aromatic bitters.

Cucumber Ribbon: This is a cucumber slice that has been thinly cut into a strip.

Mint Sprig: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint.

Lemon Slice: This is a slice of lemon that has been cut into a half wheel shape.

Strawberries: This a small red fruit that is soft and juicy and has yellow seeds on its skin.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Peeler: This is used to cut the cucumber into strips. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Tweezers: This is used to place the garnish on the drink. We used one from the Stainless Steel Food Tweezers Set.

Cocktail Pick: This is used to hold the garnish. We used one from the I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Pick Set.

Tasting Notes

The Pimm’s Cup features an aromatic bouquet of mint, lemon, and strawberry followed by the sharp kick of soda water, accented with cucumber, and chased down with the unique herbal bitterness of the Pimm’s No 1 Liqueur.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: As Kendall described it before ordering another, the Pimm’s Cup is really the perfect garden party drink, and its reputation as such is well-founded. This is a new favorite of both of ours that we’ll for sure be making again.

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

Sale
The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes
The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes
Hardcover Book; Editors of PUNCH (Author); English (Publication Language); 352 Pages – 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) – Ten Speed Press (Publisher)
$13.05 Amazon Prime

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail Book

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Pimm's No. 1 Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 3 oz Soda Water
 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cucumber Slice
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Lemon Wedge
 1 Strawberry

Method
1

Add Pimm's No. 1 liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a highball glass.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Add cracked ice.

4

Top with soda water and bitters.

5

Stir for 5-10 more seconds.

6

Position cucumber slice around the outside of the ice in the glass.

7

Garnish with mint, lemon wedge, and strawberry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Pimm's No. 1 Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 3 oz Soda Water
 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cucumber Slice
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Lemon Wedge
 1 Strawberry

Directions

Method
1

Add Pimm's No. 1 liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a highball glass.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Add cracked ice.

4

Top with soda water and bitters.

5

Stir for 5-10 more seconds.

6

Position cucumber slice around the outside of the ice in the glass.

7

Garnish with mint, lemon wedge, and strawberry.

Pimm’s Cup

Make It a Mocktail: Use homemade Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur in place of the Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur and All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the aromatic bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Shop Glassware & Tools

Find collections of cocktail glassware and bartending tools we recommend for your home bar in our Amazon shop.

OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Pairing Knife,Black/Silver,3-1/2-Inch
OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Pairing Knife,Black/Silver,3-1/2-Inch
Sturdy, stainless steel blade; Soft, comfortable, non-slip handle ensures a safe grip; Hand wash with warm, soapy water and promptly dry
$12.99 Amazon Prime
OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set - Swivel and Julienne
OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set – Swivel and Julienne
Sharp, durable, Japanese stainless steel blades won’t rust; Straight Peeler all-purpose design for effortless prep
$16.95 Amazon Prime
Sale
I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks Martini Picks Set (Pack of 15)
I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks Martini Picks Set (Pack of 15)
Measure: 4.25″; Material: stainless steel 304, color: silver; Reusable martini olive skewers, stainless steel olive stuffer.
$5.98 Amazon Prime

More Spring Cocktails

If you like this spring-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Gin Daisy: A gin cocktail made with triple sec, lemon juice, soda water, and a lemon wedge

The Parasol Cocktail Recipe

The Parasol: The sparkling wine cocktail made with lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, elderflower liqueur, honey syrup, and a lemon twist

Wild Rose Cocktail Recipe

Wild Rose: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and an orange twist

Final Say Cocktail Recipe

Final Say: A gin cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lime juice, and a lime twist

This post contains affiliate links, meaning we make a small commission each time you purchase a product using our links. Product images sourced from Amazon Product Advertising API. Amazon affiliate links last updated on 2024-05-20.

Leave a comment