If there was ever a cocktail that screamed summer, it would be the Pimm’s Cup.
This classic British cocktail (the official drink of Wimbledon) is oooooh so tasty, especially in the hot weather. A gin based liqueur, (although it doesn’t taste like gin) Pimm’s No. 1 is a blend of herbs and fruit and when combined with citrus, strawberries, cucumber slices and fresh mint, goes down gloriously.
I know it sounds odd- fruit? And veggies? And mint? You gotta trust me on this folks- it works.
There are dozens (probably hundreds) of different takes on the Pimm’s Cup- I’m sharing the version I was taught many years ago by a co-worker from London. He told me to always include a “dash” of actual gin since Pimm’s by itself isn’t very strong. (up to you)
Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s the best recipe out there…extra points for pairing it with a tennis or croquet match 😉
*multiply by 6 if making a pitcher
- 1 oz gin
- 4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
- 5 slices English hothouse cucumber
- 3 strawberries, sliced
- 2 slices orange
- 2 lemon slices
- Fresh mint, several sprigs
- 4 oz ginger ale or 7Up/Sprite (I prefer ginger ale)
- Splash of club soda
- Lightly muddle cucumber, orange, lemon and 1/2 of mint. Add to bottom of highball glass.
- Add gin if using, then Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale (or 7Up/Sprite) and soda water. Stir well.
- Add strawberries, ice, and garnish with more fresh mint.