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Pimm’s Cup Recipe

This Pimm’s Cup is a unique and fruity cocktail that blends herbal flavors and fresh fruit with a touch of sparkling soda.

Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Pimm’s Cup

The name sparks curiosity and one sip is instantly refreshing! The Pimm’s Cup is a delightful blend of herbaceous Pimm’s liqueur, fresh fruits, and fizzy soda or lemonade.

This delicious cocktail is perfect for sipping on during the summer months. This gin-based cocktail is both tasty and easy to make, making it perfect for hot summer days.

Because it is lighter in alcohol content (lower proof) than many other cocktails, this is an easy sipper and great if you want something a little boozy but not overwhelmingly so. The fresh fruit and sparkling ginger ale makes it a delicious break from anything you’ve ever tried!

Where Does the Name “Pimm’s Cup” Come From?

The Pimm’s Cup is named for the liquor with which it is made: Pimm’s #1, as well as the liqueur’s creator. James Pimm, and 19th century London restauranteur, developed this unique gin-based concoction as a tonic to aid in digestion and served it to his guests.

One of the main ingredients of Pimm’s liqueur is quinine, a malaria remedy also found in tonic water, so perhaps there was some effectiveness to it! (Though of course this is not to be taken as medical advice!)

Pimm's Cup Cocktail with strawberry garnish


  • 2 oz Pimm’s Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup Gingerale or Lemon Soda
  • Sliced Cucumber, Lemons, Oranges

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • Strawberries
  • Mint Sprig

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Note: This recipe is intended for readers 21+

Pimm's Cup Ingredients


The Pimm’s Cup is one of the easiest cocktails to make, with no special equipment needed. You build and mix the drink right in your glass!

  1. Fill a tall glass with a mixture of ice, cucumber slices, lemon wedges, and orange slices.
  2. Pour in the Pimm’s liqueur.
  3. Top with ginger ale and stir briefly.
Completed Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Prep Tips

  • Traditional garnishes for a Pimm’s cup include a sprig of fresh mint leaves and fresh strawberries. However, you can incorporate any type of fruit or herbs that you enjoy to make it your own.
  • To make this a sweeter drink and tone down the herbaceous flavors of the Pimm’s Liqueur, serve in a tall glass and use extra soda.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Pimm’s #1 Taste Like?

Pimm’s #1 is a gin-based liqueur that is infused with quinine (an ingredient in tonic water), herbs, and fruit. It has a distinct herbaceous taste and a bit of a syrupy consistency. Think: J├Ągermeister, but not quite as intense and bit more fruit-forward.

Can I Use a Different Type of Alcohol?

Without the Pimm’s, it’s not exactly a Pimm’s Cup. However, the taste isn’t for everyone and you can definitely substitute something that is more to your liking. Regular gin or vodka would also pair well with the fresh fruit and ginger ale.

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Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Pimm’s Cup Recipe

This Pimm's Cup is a unique and fruity cocktail that blends herbal flavors and fresh fruit with a touch of sparkling soda.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Pimm’s, Pimm’s Cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $10


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Jigger


  • 2 oz Pimm’s Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup Gingerale or Lemon Soda
  • Sliced Cucumber Lemons, Oranges
  • Strawberry optional garnish
  • Mint Sprig optional garnish


  • Fill a glass with ice and slices of cucumber, lemons, and oranges.
  • Pour in the Pimm’s and then top with ginger ale.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and fresh mint.


Recipe intended for readers 21+
Nutrition information is provided as an estimate only.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 29g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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