The Pimm’s Cup started as a health drink in 1840s London. The slow-sipping summer cocktail is the preferred vehicle for its eponymous liqueur, a gin-based digestif that spread across the globe and found a loyal fan base in New Orleans. Combined with Sprite/7Up (or ginger ale), cucumber and a medley of fruit garnishes, the drink proved to be a welcome relief from the Southern heat. The Pimm’s Cup is also the favorite cooler at Wimbledon, where it’s still enjoyed by the pitcher.
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
- 3 ounces Sprite, 7Up or ginger ale
- 1 slice cucumber
- Garnish: mint sprig
- Garnish: strawberry
- Garnish: lemon wheel
- Garnish: orange wheel
Add all ingredients into a highball glass over ice and stir to combine.
Garnish with a mint sprig, skewered strawberry and optional lemon and orange wheels.
To mix things up a bit, you can replace the Sprite, 7Up or ginger ale with Champagne.