Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

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.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

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

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Drinks
British
1 servings
5 from 1 vote
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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

Directions
 

  • 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.
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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.

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.

Originally published July 01, 2019

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Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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. 

  3. 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!

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

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