What I'm Drinking: A Pimm's Cup

As the temperatures warm up, a refreshing Pimm's Cup will cool you down.


After a long day of work (or play) I like to cool down with a refreshing cocktail. The Pimm's cup is the perfect cocktail for a hot summer's day.

The Pimm's cup gets its name from Pimm's No. 1, is a gin-based liquor made in England that features flavors of herbal botanicals, caramelized orangem and delicate spices.

A traditional Pimm's cup is made with muddled citrus and cucumber, Pimm's No. 1, and lemonade (or lemon soda). Other versions replace the lemonade with ginger ale. Feeling rather egalitarian, I opted to make mine with both. Sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint wouldn't be a bad idea, either. The Pimm's Cup is a pitcher-friendly cocktail, making it a great option for a get-together with friends.

Pimm's Cup
makes 1 cocktail

4 thin cucumber slices
2 thin orange slices
2 thin lemon slices
2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1 oz lemonade
3 oz ginger ale  

1. Ring the bottom inside edge of an 8-ounce mason jar with alternating cucumber, orange, and lemon slices. Or if you're feeling less fancy, place the slices in the jar haphazardly.
2. Fill the jar with ice. Pour 2 ounces of Pimm's No. 1 into the jar. Top with lemonade and ginger ale. Add a whimsical straw, and serve!