Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

I adore drinking Pimm’s in the summer. It’s fabulous to drink while watching Wimbledon, on a picnic, or at a summer party.–Clodagh McKenna

LC Pimm's for Every One and Every Occasion Note

Never has there been a more worthy use for arithmetic than crunching the numbers in the ingredient list below to make more than a single serving of this lovely summer sipper. Because trust us, you’ll want to make a sufficient amount to fill a pitcher, not just a measly glassful. Figure 1/4 cup Pimm’s per person—correction, per serving. For those who have yet to experience Pimm’s, it’s a memorable, if inimitable, gin-based liqueur infused with citrus and spice. This recipe is simply the classic Pimm’s Cup made suitable for Wimbledon with—can you guess it?—fresh strawberries.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 part Pimm’s
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • Sprig of fresh mint
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 parts lemon or lemon-lime soda

Directions

  • 1. Pour the Pimm’s into a large pitcher or glass.
  • 2. Toss in all of the fruit and the mint. Add the ice cubes and top it off with the soda.
  • 3. Stir just a little and start sipping.
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Lydia Brimage

Jun 19, 2011

This recipe is simple and straightforward. The colours of the lemon, orange, strawberry, and cucumber made this drink visually appealing. I used 7UP, which seemed to fit the bill perfectly, but I’ve also made this drink with lemonade before—either work well. Next time, I’d suggest adding a bit of lemon and orange zest to enhance their flavours, as I felt that neither fruits really came through in the drink. (Perhaps macerating the fruit a little with a cocktail muddler would release a little more flavour from the fruit.) Also, I’d use a canelle knife to make the fruit slices into flower shapes for garnish. Essentially, I was happy with this drink, and therefore suggest it should have Testers’ Choice status.

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Taylor Wesa

Jun 19, 2011

This is a great, refreshing drink for summer! The recipe was simple, straightforward, and easy to follow. I’d suggest using a glass pitcher if you’re making more than one drink, so you can showcase the fruit and vegetables in this drink. I’d also suggest slicing the cucumber about 1/8-inch crosswise, and to slice the strawberries lengthwise in thirds.

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Jennifer V.

Jun 19, 2011

I love Pimm’s. Now that summer is on the way, this will be one of my to-go drinks. Please, please, please use lemon or lemon-lime soda, though, and not seltzer—the latter just isn’t quite right. The garnishes make it fancy. This drink is very easy to scale up—don’t stop at one, make pitchers of it and share!

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Patton C.

Jun 19, 2011

What a lovely and refreshing summer drink. It’s very versatile, as you could use almost any fruit you have. I was most surprised by the taste of the cucumber—it really made the drink. We made a pitcher and let it sit for a little while, then prepared each glass with a fresh serving of fruit. My mother-in-law saved all of the Pimm’s-soaked fruit and enjoyed that later in the evening!

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Jessica Reddick

Jun 19, 2011

After visiting seven liquor stores in my area, I’ve come to the conclusion that Pimm’s is a hard liquor to find. However, the gin (which shall remain nameless) that I did end up using did the trick. This is a super-quick recipe, and within five minutes, I found myself sitting on the porch with drink in hand to enjoy the beautiful, breezy evening. It was fruity, tart, and definitely refreshing. This is one that I’ll be making all Summer long—it’s perfect for parties, cookouts, or a nice after-work indulgence!

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Cynthia Furey

Jun 19, 2011

Though it may look heavy and old-fashioned, looks are deceiving—this is a surprisingly light, refreshing libation. It’s beautiful in a pitcher, and each piece of fruit does add to the finished overall taste. After mixing one serving as directed, we made slight variations to the recipe to serve eight: Two cups of Pimm’s, 8 slices each of lemon and orange, and 8 sliced strawberries. I added a whole, sliced cucumber because we loved its refreshing aftertaste so much. Topped with a 20-ounce bottle of 7-Up and a whole lotta ice, this is a go-to for any lazy Sunday pick-me-up.

Comments
Comments
  1. I am a HUGE fan of Pimms and think it’s fitting you post this in time for Wimbledon! Might even have to indulge in one or two over the next few weeks!

  2. I haven’t had Pimm’s like this since I lived in London–I miss it! It’s so hard to find in the US, but fortunately a friend brought me a bottle she found in her grandparents’ basement to get me through the summer!

    • Beth Price, LC Recipe Testing Director says:

      I found one bottle at my local ABC package store and snapped it up.  Your store might order it for you- worth asking.

  3. Maureen says:

    Pimm’s comes in a variety of flavors.

    Pimm’s No. 1 is gin based and most popular. The others are:
    Pimm’s No. 2 Cup was based on Scotch whisky. Currently phased out.
    Pimm’s No. 3 Cup is based on brandy. Phased out, but a version infused with spices and orange peel marketed as Pimm’s Winter Cup is now seasonally available.
    Pimm’s No. 4 Cup was based on rum. Currently phased out.
    Pimm’s No. 5 Cup was based on rye whiskey. Currently phased out.
    Pimm’s No. 6 Cup is based on vodka. It is still produced, but in small quantities.

    Traditionally No. 1 is mixed with bitter lemon soda (Schweppes), but it is now hard to find in the US. The closest I have found to it is a lemon soda that is produced in England with Prince Charles’ seal on the bottle. For awhile it could be found at Trader Joe’s.

    Recently someone told me that it is also good mixed with champagne which I must try.   Pimm’s is my beverage on a hot summer day. 

  4. Beth Price, LC Recipe Testing Director says:

    Hi Maureen,

    What great information- thank you!  Love the idea of mixing it with champagne.  It’s a hot summer day- wonder if I can try it for lunch?

  5. Karen Depp says:

    Champagne and Pimms for lunch? That sounds very beachy! Let us know how that works.

  6. Jason says:

    Wow. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thank you for including cucumber. many people forget it and it’s imperative to the flavor composition! well, that is according to my english husband!

    here’s his recipe (close to yours with an added element):
    http://www.weareneverfull.com/pimms-no-1-drink-of-the-month-july/

    • Lindsay Myers says:

      We’d never dream of leaving out the cucumber. Glad we have some English approval!

    • Beth Price, LC Director of Recipe Testing says:

      What a great name…”we are never full”. I totally agree with you on the cucumber. My Bermudian/British husband would not have it any other way. Enjoy!

  8. serena bass says:

    Being English and a caterer, I have to add my ten cents!
    Please don’t put ice cubes IN the pitcher of Pimms, as it will irrevocably dilute it. Pour the chilled Pimms over a half glass of ice. In England we used to add borage from our garden, a delicious herbal plant with blue flowers that tastes vaguely of cucumber. But it is rarely found these days.
    Bottoms up!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Noted, Serena! Lovely advice. We intend to try it out, or at least I do, tomorrow. And I envy you borage from your backyard. Thank you…

  9. Jon Capps says:

    I’ve grown partial to using ginger beer (not ginger ale) instead of lemonade or lemon-lime soda. It has a stronger flavor, so I usually use a 2:1 ratio of it to Pimm’s. I also like to go with lime, orange and cucumber slices, with a sprig of mint. Maybe not traditional, but highly tasty.

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