A Refreshing Pimm’s Cup Recipe

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An easy and refreshing Pimm’s Cup recipe that’s perfect for a summer day!

Pimm's Cup recipes garnished with edible flowers and cucumbers.

We’re taking it back to 1823 with this refreshing Pimm’s Cup recipe! This cocktail was served in an oyster bar in London and drinking it definitely conjures up images of happy patrons drinking this delicious libation.

It’s light, fruity flavors are perfect for sipping on a sunny spring or summer day. This Pimm’s Cup recipe has a citrus, cucumber, gin, simple syrup and of course, the famous Pimm’s No. 1 liquor!

In the United States, we have the Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby. In the UK, they have the Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon.

The first Pimm’s bar at Wimbledon opened in 1971, and ever since, it’s been a tradition to have a glass (or two) while watching the pro tennis players rally.

Whether you’ve had one before or not, you might have some questions. We’re here to answer them all!

Pimm's Cup recipe with crushed ice and cucumber slices.

I really like their quirky website too! There are a few different ways to make a Pimm’s Cup cocktail, but below is my favorite!

Edible Flowers

We use edible flowers in many of our recipes. I like to grow them in pots so I always have them on hand. See how to grow your own potted edible garden to use in cocktails, salads and for desserts!

Also, see our edible flower chart here!

What Does Pimm’s Cup Taste Like?

Pimm’s Cup is a light and refreshing drink, as it has lots of herbs, as well as fresh fruits and cucumber. It’s pretty sweet, so it’s similar to other cocktails.

But since Pimm’s itself is only 25% alcohol by volume and you’re mixing it with other liquids, it’s not a very strong drink. So if you’re not a fan of drinks that have an alcohol aftertaste, then this is it for you!

What Kind of Liquor Is Pimm’s Cup?

No. 1 is made from gin. Others are made from Scotch whisky, brandy, rum, rye whiskey, vodka, tequila, absinthe, bourbon, and other spirits. When it comes to the liquor in Pimm’s Cup, the sky’s the limit!

What Flavor Is Pimm’s?

Since Pimm’s is made with caramelized oranges, we’d say that’s a predominant flavor. The bitter herbs also shine through, but not in an unpleasant way. They give just the perfect amount of bite to your drink.

Overhead photo of a Pimm's Cup cocktail with edible flowers and cucumber slices.

Can You Buy Pimm’s in America?

Pimm’s is an English drink, but this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get in America.

Yes, it’s true that it may be tough to find, as it won’t be stocked in every liquor store. You may have better luck with more upscale liquor stores in larger metropolitan areas though.

Even if the stores you visit don’t stock it, you may get lucky. They might just be able to special order it for you!

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Pimm's Cup recipe in a beautiful glass with pink flowers and cucumber slices.

Enjoy a Refreshing Pimm’s Cup

Now that you know a little more about Pimm’s Cup, what are you waiting for? Get to making a refreshing drink that’ll quench your thirst and satisfy your tastebuds on a hot summer day!

Looking for another drink with gin in it? Then take a look at our cranberry thyme gin and tonic recipe!

Let us know if you make this Pimm’s Cup by leaving a comment and review below! Also, tag as @sugarandcharm on social so we can see your photos!

A Refreshing Pimm’s Cup Recipe

An easy and refreshing Pimm's Cup recipe that's perfect for a summer day!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: London
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Eden


  • 3 slices cucumber, peeled and cut into 4
  • 1 Large orange wedge, peel on
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce gin
  • ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup, melt ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water in a small sauce pan on the stove until the sugar is melted
  • ginger ale to top off


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, orange wedge, lemon juice and simple syrup.
  • Add in the gin and Pimm’s No. 1 and shake really well with ice for 20 seconds.
  • Strain over a glass filled with ice and garnish with cucumbers, citrus fruit and edible flowers!!


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “A Refreshing Pimm’s Cup Recipe”

  1. Recipe says peel the cucumber, but photo shows it unpeeled, and doesn’t show the orange wedge mentioned in the article.

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