Calories: 134kcal
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
The Pimm's Cup has its roots as a health drink in 1840s London, offering a revitalizing blend of mid-proof spirit, lemon, ginger, and fruit. This summer cocktail is best enjoyed slowly, particularly on hot days.
At the heart of the Pimm's Cup is Pimm's No. 1, a gin-based digestif created by London bar owner James Pimm in the 19th century. The liqueur, along with the associated cocktail, gained popularity worldwide, finding a devoted following in New Orleans. When combined with ginger ale, lemon juice, cucumber, and an array of fruit garnishes, the drink became a beloved refresher in the Southern heat. It also became the go-to cooler at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, with the first Pimm's Bar opening in 1971 on the tournament grounds, still delighting visitors today.
Creating a Pimm's Cup at home is a breeze, as it is assembled directly in the glass. Simply mix Pimm's No. 1 with fresh lemon juice and ginger ale, and garnish to your liking. With its refreshing flavor and moderate alcohol content, it's a fantastic option for daytime drinking, whether you're enjoying a game of tennis or soaking up the sun on your porch.
For variations on the classic recipe, you can swap out the ginger ale and lemon juice for sparkling lemonade. This alternative serves as a popular twist, offering an equally refreshing experience.



  • Garnish: cucumber slice
  • Garnish: mint sprig
  • Garnish: strawberry
  • Garnish: lemon wheel (optional)
  • Garnish: orange wheel (optional)


  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add 2 ounces of Pimm’s No. 1 to the glass.
  • Squeeze in 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice.
  • Top the glass with ginger ale.
  • Give the drink a brief stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish the drink with a cucumber slice, mint sprig, and skewered strawberry.
  • Optionally, add lemon and orange wheels for additional garnish and flavor.
  • Serve and enjoy your refreshing Pimm’s Cup.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 134kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.03gSaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 5mg (6%)Calcium: 1mgIron: 0.03mg
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks