Pimm's Cup (cocktail)

Pimm's Cup (cocktail)

Pimm's Cup is a popular cocktail in England, particularly wealthier areas. It is based on Pimm's No.1, a gin-based beverage flavored with fruits and spices invented in 1823 as a health drink.

Pimm's No.1 Cocktail (Pimm's Cup, Pimm's No.1 Cup)

This is the original recipe for the Pimm's Cup cocktail.

Over ice, pour:
* 1 part Pimm's No.1
* 2 to 3 parts lemonade.
* Infuse with borage leaves, mint leaves, and slices of lemon, orange, strawberry, and apple.

Pimm's No.1 Cup Variants

* A close approximation to Pimm's No.1 can be prepared by mixing one part gin with one part red vermouth and ½ part triple sec or orange Curaçao.
* Sometimes lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or "Indian tonic water" (quinine tonic) is substituted for the lemonade.
* A splash of club soda or sweet soda is sometimes added for flavor.
* The borage leaves are usually replaced by a cucumber wedge in modern versions of the drink served today.
* Add 1 part gin for a Pimm's No.1 Plus cocktail.

The Napoleon House No.1 Cup

As served at the Napoleon House restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.Fill a tall 12 oz. glass with ice and add
* 1¼ oz Pimm's No. 1
* 3 oz lemonade
* Top off with lemon-lime soda (e.g., 7-Up).
* Garnish with a cucumber wedge, mint leaves, and an orange slice.

Town Hall Pimm's No.1 Cup

As served at the Town Hall restaurant in San Francisco, California

*1 part gin.
*2 parts Pimm's No. 1.
*2 parts ginger ale.
*Place a cucumber slice in the drink instead of as a garnish.
*Top off with 1 part soda water.

Bambuddha Lounge Pimm's Cup

As served at the Bambuddha Lounge in San Francisco, California

*2 parts Pimm's No. 1.
*2 parts ginger beer.
*Add a dash of ginger syrup.

Pimm's No.3 Cocktail (Pimm's Winter Cocktail)

This was formerly made with Pimm's No.3 (the brandy-based liqueur) and infused with spices and orange peel. However, this product was phased out in the 1980s. It is now made with its replacement, the brandy-based Pimm's Winter, which is already infused with spices and orange peel.

Over ice pour:
* 1 part Pimm's Winter.
* 2 to 3 parts chilled ginger ale.
* Garnish with orange slices.


* Chilled lemonade, lemon soda, or tonic water may be substituted for the ginger ale.
* Add 1 part brandy for a Pimm's No.3 Plus cocktail.

Pimm's No.6 Cocktail (Pimm's Vodka Cocktail)

Over ice pour
* 1 part Pimm's No.6 (this is the vodka-based variant).
* 2 to 3 parts lemonade or lemon soda.
* Garnish with a lime wedge.


* Chilled ginger ale or tonic water may be substituted for the lemonade or lemon soda.
* Add 1 part vodka for a Pimm's No.6 Plus cocktail.

English Passion Pimms No.6

In a shaker 2/3 full of ice add:
* 2 parts Pimms No.6
* 1 part vodka
* Add the juice and pureed flesh of a passion fruit.
* Add a dash of sugar syrup.Shake well and strain into a tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and two short straws.

Maximum Voltage Pimms No.6

In a shaker 2/3 full of ice add:
* 2 parts Pimms No.6
* 1 part vodka
* 1 part Cointreau.Shake well and strain into a highball full of ice. Top off with soda water and garnish with mint.

Other Pimm's Cocktails

Pimm's Winter Cup

In a coffee mug mix
* 1 part of Pimm's Winter
* 3 parts warm apple juice or "soft" apple cider.
* Garnish with an orange slice or wedge.


* Apple slices may be substituted for the orange wedge.
* It can be heated and served like mulled cider.
* Add a measure of "hard" apple cider to give it some kick.

Pimm's Summer Punch

In a pitcher with ice cubes mix:
* 3 parts Pimm’s No.1
* 1 part cranberry juice
* 8 parts fizzy lemonadeStir. Strain into highball glasses over ice cubes. Use strawberries, lemon slices and mint sprigs to garnish. Add 1 part gin (reducing the mix to 7 parts lemonade) for a Pimm's Summer Punch Plus. Serves 2.

Pimm's Deuce

In a tall glass mix over ice:
* 2 parts Pimm's No.1.
* 1½ parts fresh-squeezed orange juice
* 1½ parts cranberry juice.
* Garnish with apple slices.

Pimm's Sundowner

In a tall glass mix over ice:
* 1 part Pimm's No.1.
* 3 parts tonic water.
* Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Pimm's No.1 Royale

In a champagne flute pour:
* 1 part Pimm's No.1.
* Top off with champagne.
* Garnish with a strawberry.


* 1 part Pimm's Winter topped off with chilled sparkling apple cider or champagne and garnished with an orange slice is called a Pimm's No.3 Royale.
* 1 part Pimm's No.6 topped off by champagne and garnished with a lemon slice is called a Pimm's No.6 Royale.

The Ritz Paris No.1 Royale Cup

As described in bartender Colin Peter Field's guide, "Cocktails of the Ritz Paris" (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

In a highball glass over ice, pour:
* 1 part Pimm's No.1
* Top off with champagne or sparkling white wine.
* Garnish with mint leaves, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, green and black grapes, and slices of pear.
** The drink is served garnished with red rose petals or a whole iris when ordered by a lady, a Ritz Hotel signature.

lanted Door Pimm's Cup Royale

As prepared by bar manager Erik Adkins at the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco, California.

In a wide-mouthed wine golblet mix
* 1 part Pimm's No.1
* Top off with sparkling white wine.
*Zest with orange and lime peel.
*Place a large cucumber slice inside the rim of the glass topped with a sprig of Thai basil.
**The drink should be sipped to enjoy its aroma.
**Adkins substitutes the Pimm's No.1 with a combination of gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Campari and Dubonnet Rouge.

Pimm's No.1 Stag

In a pint glass or pitcher with ice pour
* 1 part Pimm's No.1.
* 2 parts lemonade
* 3 parts chilled hard apple cider (e.g., Magners)
* Garnish with an orange slice (optional)

outhwestern Pimm's Cup

As served at the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, Texas

In a cocktail glass pour
* 1¼ part Pimm's No. 1
* 2½ parts chilled ruby red grapefruit juice.
* Garnish with nopalitos (nopal cactus pieces) instead of cucumber.

Pimm’s No.1 Sour Apple Cocktail

As featured in House and Home magazine (June 2004 issue)

Mix and serve over ice in a highball glass.
*1 part Pimm’s No. 1
*1 part sour apple-flavored liqueur (i.e., Manzana verde or Pucker).
*3 parts sparkling lime soda (e.g., Perrier, 7-Up or Sprite).
*Garnish with a slice of lime.

Pimm’s Pomm

From The London Bar, New York City, New York.

Pour in a highball glass over ice
* 2 ounces Pimms No. 1
* top off with pomegranate cordial
* Garnish with slices of granny smith apple and a lime wheel.

Pimm's Henley Skullfarquar

From the Queen's Head public house, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom. As served during Henley Royal Regatta.
* 1 bottle Smirnoff Ice
* ½ pint of Strongbow Cider
* 50 ml Pimm's
* 35 ml Gordons Gin
* 35 ml grenadine
* 50-100ml soda water (optional)
* 50-100ml lemonade (optional)
* Selection of fruit - orange/lemon slices
* Combine in a large jug and enjoy with plenty of ice.

Greek Pimm's Cup

In a tall glass filled with ice mix:
* 1 part Pimms No. 1
* 1 part Smirnoff vodka
* 2 parts orange juice (with pulp)
* 1 part pink grapefruit juice
* Enjoy garnished with citrus slices.


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