A Classic Summer Cocktail

One such cocktail is the Pimm’s Cup, a classic cocktail invented in England in 1840 by James Pimm as a health tonic. The Pimm’s cup is a true classic cocktail that’s best served on a hot summer day. So when you have your friends over for a game of polo, royal visit or when you head to your next regatta, you might want to pack the ingredients to make a Pimm’s Cup.

The nice thing about a Pimm’s Cup cocktail is that it is a light refreshing drink, with a moderate level of alcohol. This means that you can drink them for most of the afternoon without finding yourself in bed before the sun goes down. So here is how to make a Pimm’s Cup;

2 oz Pimm’s No.1

½ oz Lime Juice
Top 7-Up or Sprite
(Lemonade in the UK)

Garnish with borage leaves, mint leaves, and slices of lemon, orange, strawberry, and apple. A trick to get all of these fruit chunks mixed with the ice is to lightly shake them with cubes ice and then place into the glass. Trying to layer fruit and ice is a pain.

Now a lot of people and bartenders don’t have borage leaves growing around the bar, so the humble English cucumber has become a close approximation for borage. I didn’t have a fresh strawberry to garnish so I used a washed maraschino cherry just for the picture. In reality the best part about a Pimm’s Cup is making the garnish your own, as long as it includes a cucumber. Other variations, other than the fruit selection, have occurred, including substituting ginger ale for the 7-Up, which is my preferred version of the Pimm’s Cup. Simon Difford also uses this recipe in Difford’s Guide to Cocktails. If you want to make this drink a Pimm’s Royal, just substitute the ginger ale or 7-Up (Sprite) for champagne or a good dry sparkling wine.


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