Have you heard of the Classic Pimm’s Cup Cocktail? This quintessential British cocktail was perfect for my Indian-themed book club this month!

This Pimm’s Drink is refreshing with flavors of gin, citrus, and herbs. Introduce your friends to a new summer beverage.

Pimm's Cup ingredients on the kitchen counter

Why You Must Make

I am hosting an upcoming book club meeting with an Indian theme and have been searching for a fun cocktail. I was striking out until someone mentioned how a British drink like a Pimm’s Cup would be apropos.

  • It’s perfect for any summer gathering, watching tennis or cricket, or with a British or Indian-themed meal.
  • If you’re a self-trained mixologist, this Pimm’s cocktail may be a new drink for you to try!
  • Or if you’re just curious about Pimm’s, here’s a great way to try it out!

Pimm’s Ingredients

  • Orange Slices – Cut in halves or quarters
  • Lemon Slices – Cut in half
  • English Cucumber Slices
  • Mint Sprigs
  • Pimm’s No. 1 – A gin-based liquor that’s sweet and herbal with slightly bitter undertones.
  • Sprite – Or another lemon-lime soda
Toasting with Pimm's Cup in pewter cups.

How to Make a Pimm’s Cup

You don’t need to add a complicated beverage to the menu when hosting a big group. This Pimm’s Cup couldn’t be simpler. Just mix Pimm’s and soda like Sprite or Gingerale (or lemonade) and garnish. All you need to remember are 2 ingredients and the proper proportions. I like the 1:2 ratio of Pimm’s to soda, but 1:3 is also popular. Serve over ice and start sipping. Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Pimms?

Pimms No. 1 is an alcoholic beverage invented in London in the mid-1800s by an oyster bar owner named James Pimm. It’s 50-proof gin infused with herby botanicals, bitter orange along with other spices. Popular in England it’s served at Wimbledon and also quite popular in New Orleans.

Why is a Pimm’s Cup so popular?

At first, it was sold as a health tonic and was sold to help with digestion. Now it’s a well-loved summer cocktail that’s loaded with fruit and served on ice. It’s a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day.

Pimm's Cup in a pewter cup with citrus, mint and cucumber garnish.

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Pimm's Cup ingredients on the kitchen counter

Pimm's Cup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield Varies

A classic British cocktail


  • Orange slices, cut in halves or quarters
  • Lemon slices, cut in half
  • English cucumber slices
  • Mint sprigs
  • 2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
  • 4 ounces Sprite or other lemon-lime soda


  1. For each glass, place a mint sprig in the bottom. Add one shot of Pimm's for every two shots of Sprite. Mix and add garnishes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 56gProtein: 1g


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