Cocktail of the hour — the Pimm’s Cup

Pimms2In the craft cocktail world, many drinks can fall under the umbrella of a single name. The Pimm’s Cup definitely belongs in this category, but it’s also special because the name only comes with two requirements: it must contain Pimm’s and it must be served in a cup. As a result, it’s rare to find two bars — or even two home bartenders — who make this libation the same way.

Many variations on this theme are tangy, sweet and refreshing. Originally, Pimm’s made six different liqueurs from different liquors that were infused with their proprietary blend of herbs, spices and juices. Due to changes in management and demand, Pimm’s No. 2 – 5 were discontinued about 40 years ago. Now, the only Pimm’s available in the U.S. is Pimm’s No. 1: a tea-colored, gin-based herbal liqueur.

This citrusy liqueur does well when combined with citrus, spice, berries or herbs. Thanks to its deep flavor, each of these different ingredients brings out unique qualities in its taste. Though the first Pimm’s cup is thought to have been created by a British bartender named Pimm’s, the historical record is entirely fuzzy on its origins. Historically, New Orleans and Britain have both claimed the Pimm’s cup as their quintessential drinks, so you should create your own house Pimm’s cup to suit your own taste.


1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz Pimm’s No. 1

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake for 12-15 seconds or until chilled through. Strain into a chilled Collin’s glass full of ice and top with ginger beer to taste.



Filed under Cocktail of the Hour, See Clair Mix

4 responses to “Cocktail of the hour — the Pimm’s Cup

  1. Pimm’s Cup is my favorite!!!
    Drew & I went to New Orleans for our 2nd anniversary and we went to a little bar of Bourbon St and the bartender made me a Pimm’s Cup after I told him I hated anything that tasted like alcohol. ^.^ Then, I made Drew go on an epic quest to find me Pimm’s in Birmingham.

  2. I’ve always wanted to try one of these. A bar down the street from us has all kinds of strange concoctions you don’t see many places and I think they might have this. I’ll have to give it a try! I’m a gin fan so this is right up my alley.

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