A pitcher of Pimm's cup, with a half-filled glass and a vase of flowers on either side of it.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

5 from 1 vote
The Pimm’s cup for Wimbledon is a riff on a classic summer sipper made with Pimm’s, fresh fruit, and lemon-lime soda. It was made popular at tennis and polo matches although it’s perfectly suited to any cocktail hour. This version adds fresh strawberries in honor of Wimbledon.
David Leite
CourseDrinks
CuisineBritish
Servings1 servings
Calories114 kcal
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 

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

Instructions 

  • Pour the Pimm’s into a large pitcher or glass.
  • Toss in all of the fruit and the mint. Add the ice cubes and top it off with the soda.
  • Stir just a little and immediately start sipping. Originally published Jun 19, 2011.

Notes

What You Need To Know About Multiplying This Recipe To Make

Multiple Servings
Never has there been a more worthy use for all that arithmetic you learned in gradeschool as 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 glass. Figure 1/4 cup Pimm’s per person—actually, we should say, per serving. Because if you’ve yet to experience Pimm’s, it’s going to be hard to stop at just one glass.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 drinkCalories: 114 kcalCarbohydrates: 12 gProtein: 0.5 gFat: 0.1 gSodium: 10 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 11 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2011 Clodagh McKenna. Photo © 2011 Alberto Peroli. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

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 glass, make pitchers of it and share!

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!

I was happy with this drink. This recipe is simple and straightforward. The colors 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—either work well. Next time, I’d suggest adding a bit of lemon and orange zest to enhance the citrus flavors 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 flavor from the fruit.)

Also, I’d use a canelle knife to make the fruit slices into flower shapes for garnish.

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 into thirds.

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.




About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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  1. 5 stars
    This is a super-quick cocktail. Within 5 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!

    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.

    1. Jessica, so glad you liked the recipe. Yes, Pimm’s can sometimes be hard to find. But it’s worth the hunt!