The Perfect Pimm’s Cup

Several years back, I spent the summer in London. Among many glorious discoveries that summer, I count Pimm’s. As far as I can tell, Pimm’s is to England what sangria is to Spain. That is, it’s just what you drink in the summer.

When the Olympics rolled around this summer and everyone began focusing on London, I was reminded of my love for Pimm’s and became obsessed with the idea of creating my own Pimm’s cup. Last week, I finally put one together. It took a few tries to perfect the recipe (the key for me? Go easy on the mint), but I think I’ve got it down.

Here’s what you’ll need: Pimm’s, Diet Vernors, mint, strawberries, an apple, an orange, and a lemon:

Cut your apple, orange, and lemon into thin slices and chop your strawberries in half:

Combine your Pimm’s and fruit:

Add ginger ale and ice and, voila! Summer in a cup:

Pimm’s Cup (serves 4)

(adapted from Food and Wine)

  • 1 1/2 cups of Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 navel orange, cut into thin slices
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
  • A few sprigs of mint (in my opinion, a little goes a long way)
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold Diet Vernors
  • 3 cups of ice
  • 1 apple cut into thin slices
  • 8 strawberries, cut in half

Combine Pimm’s, orange slices, lemon slices, mint, apple slices, and strawberries in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Stir in ginger ale.

Fill each glass about halfway with ice. Distribute the mixture evenly among the four glasses. Enjoy!

What’s your go-to summer drink?

2 thoughts on “The Perfect Pimm’s Cup

    1. I actually stocked up on it when I was in Chicago last summer. I’ve never tried finding it in Michigan, so I’m not sure – sorry I can’t be of more help!

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