Pimm’s Cup Recipe – How to Make a Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

Pimm's Cup Cocktail in highballs with lemons and limes. Pimm's bottle and plant in background

A classic British drink, the Pimm’s Cup Cocktail is a perfect spring and summer tipple!



You might have noticed that we are obsessed with gin. Had anyone told us this 4 years ago before we really became focused on cocktails we would have laughed at you. As we discussed in our post on the Cherry Ginger Smash, gin has gone through a renaissance and it no longer is the Pine-Sol bomb in your glass, but rather a nuanced spirit that can inspire the same sorts of discussion as many fine wines.



Pimm's Cup Cocktail in highballs with lemons and limes. Pimm's bottle and plant in background




After having discovered all kinds of delicious varieties of gin, these days we find ourselves finding new gin based cocktails that we can share with our readers, both original creations and classics. Our next cocktail is is a classic gin based cocktail from England, The Pimm’s Cup.




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Pimm's Cup Cocktail in two highball glasses with red dot straws. Lemons, limes and grass in background

Highballs / Red Dot Paper Straws



Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is one of those old traditional European style liqueurs that use a secret blend of herbs and spices to make a digestive aid, but now is used as a mixer or base for cocktails.Sold in England since 1851, Pimm’s has a rich mix of spice and citrus flavors, reminiscent of a really rich iced tea with a hint of gin.





What Ingredients are Needed for a Pimm’s Cup?

  • Ginger Ale or Lemon Lime Soda
  • Lemonade
  • Pimm’s Liqueur
  • Citrus Fruits and/or Cucumber



Pimm’s starts out using gin as its base, then additional herbs and spices are added to create its unique flavor. Usually served British Style with carbonated lemonade, we went with the classic recipe recommended by Pimm’s, making it very much like a better version of an Arnold Palmer. This drink might be one of our go to drinks by the pool as it is a great sipping drink!



What is Pimm’s Liqueur Made Of?

Bitter herbs and citrus. It is gin based – a dry gin, liqueur, fruit juice and spices. It was created by English Oyster Bar owner James Pimm in 1859 and the recipe is a secret!






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Pimm's Cup Cocktail
Yield: 1

Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A classic English cocktail, this is a refreshing drink.


  • 4 oz Lemonade
  • 1.50 oz Pimm's No 1 Cup
  • 2 oz - top with ginger ale or lemon lime soda


Fill Collins glass halfway with ice.

Combine all in Collins glass.

Garnish with lemon or lime slices or a slice of cucumber.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 17.2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16.6g Protein: 0g


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20 thoughts on “Pimm’s Cup Recipe – How to Make a Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

  1. I love the “Pine Sol bomb in your glass” reference to gin! SO funny, and sadly sometimes true. I’ve had some gin cocktails that have definitely tasted like that, but this Pimm’s Cup looks delicious! I would love one right now on this super sunny day… it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? 🙂

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