This week it’s been all things Royal and British, so we decide to share some of our favorite English cocktail recipes of the Pimm’s Cup! A little history of Pimm’s, ‘it originated in an Oyster Bar in Poultry Street, in the City of London, owned by James Pimm in 1840. Here he created the Pimm’s ‘House Cup’ flavored with liqueurs, and fruit extracts.’ To read more about Pimm’s history click here. We have a few different variations of the delicious drink, try them all and let us know what one is your favorite!
Traditional Pimm’s Cup from The Spruce Eats
- 1 part Pimm’s No. 1
- 2 parts carbonated lemonade (7UP if you are really stuck)
- Optional: Mint leaves, cucumber slices, orange slice, strawberry (as preferred)
- Take a jug (if you want to make several glasses) or a glass and add as much ice as you like.
- Pour one part Pimm’s No. 1 with three of fizzy lemonade over the ice.
- Add mint leaves, thin cucumber slices, orange slices, and strawberry (all or some depending on what you prefer) and serve.
Royal Ascot Pimm’s Cup from Brooklyn Paper
- 5 oz GG American Dry Gin
- 5 oz sweet vermouth
- 2 1/2 ounces triple sec
- 1 1/4 quarts sparkling lemonade
- 1 1/4 quarts ginger ale
- 10 mint sprigs
- 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Pour into glasses, ice-filled or not, as you prefer, garnished with more cucumber, orange and lemon slices, and mint. **Note: When in season, strawberries make an excellent addition to this drink.
The Ultimate Pimm’s Cup from Food and Wine
- a slice of ginger (about the size of one finger knuckle, ¼ inch thick),
- 1 cucumber slice
- half a strawberry
- Add 3 mint leaves
- 1 ounce of Pimm’s
- 1 ounce of gin (we’re using London’s classic Beefeater)
- ¼ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ ounce of simple syrup (equal parts sugar dissolved in hot water)
- 2 ounces of ginger beer
In a cocktail shaker, muddle ginger, cucumber slice, and strawberry. Then add the rest of the ingredients, and shake, then fine-strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with another cucumber slice, half a strawberry and a lemon wheel.