Pimm’s Cup

June 12, 2013

When it comes to cocktails, it doesn’t get more British than a Pimm’s Cup. This classic liqueur-based cocktail is built to cool you down on a scorching summer day. Perhaps, while your watching a few rounds of Wimbledon, or even celebrating the Queen’s birthday. Me? I enjoyed a few while tossing my dog Grizzly the tennis ball. Talk about working up a sweat! A few sips revealed subtle herbal and vegetal notes, followed swiftly by spikes of lemon and ginger. Traditionally the Pimm’s Cup gets a cucumber garnish. I opted to spin a ribbon of cucumber around the inside of the glass, as well as adding a little cucumber syrup into the mix. Trust me, try it once and you’ll be craving them as much as Grizzly craves his tennis ball.

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup // HonestlyYUM

Pimm's Cup

A refreshing cocktail with subtle herbal and vegetal notes from the Pimm's and cucumber syrup, followed swiftly by spikes of lemon and ginger.
Servings: 1 cocktail


For the Cocktail

For the Cucumber Syrup


For the cucumber syrup

  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, add cucumber slices, reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to continue to soak. Strain and allow to come to room temperature.

For the cocktail

  1. Prep your glass by making the cucumber ribbon garnish. Use a peeler (or sharp knife) to shave off a long slice of cucumber, at least a couple millimeters thick. Carefully wrap the cucumber slice around the inside of your glass, starting at the bottom and slowly turning the glass as the cucumber slice spirals upward. If it helps, use a spoon to press the cucumber against the inside of the glass, using its own moisture as an adhesive. Cut off any extra cucumber. Note: the slice should not be paper-thin, as it will need to hold firm as you wrap it around the inside of your glass. Cut a thicker slice if needed.
  2. Carefully fill your glass with ice, so as not to disturb the cucumber ribbon.
  3. Add each ingredient to your glass, starting with the ginger ale and finishing with Pimm's No. 1. The Pimm's, being a higher density will slowly sink to the bottom of your glass.

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I’m a convert! Picked up some Pimm’s at BevMo today, and made a lazy version of this drink (muddled cucumber in place of the syrup). It is AWESOME! I love it! My new favorite! Pimm’s and ginger ale were made for eachother. I’ll be thanking you all summer as I sip these. 🙂

Hello from London where I haven’t had any Pimms this year because summer is markedly absent. It’s very sad. We would normally serve this up in a big jug with orange and lemon slices, pieces of strawberry and chunks of cucumber – when you reach the bottom of your glass the fruit and veg have soaked up a lot of the tasty Pimms. Delish.

SO gorgeous! I tried Pimm’s for the first time last week and loved it. Can’t wait to get my hands on some and make this lovely drink – yum! Love your site. 🙂

I love the cucumber ribbon! Brilliant way to decorate an already lovely drink.

Thanks Rachael! Yea, the ribbons are so fun, but pretty easy. Thanks for the Pimm’s inspiration!

Wow so nice looking.
That cucumber ribbon really makes the drink. I’m surprised when you add the liquid it doesn’t come off the glass.
I’ll have to try these this summer.
xo Quinn

Quinn Cooper Style

Yeah, it’s all about getting the right thickness of the cucumber. The ice kinda holds it in place too.

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