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Pimm's Cup

The Pimm’s Cup is a really very classic cocktail whose history already begins in the 1840s. We would like to show you here how to prepare and enjoy the Pimm’s Cup recipe. Discover our simple recipe and prepare the famous cocktail at home!

Pimm's Cup Cocktail Recipe

  • 5 cl Pimm’s No. 1
  • Ginger Ale
  • One orange slice
  • One cucumber slice
  • One grapefruit slice
  • One cocktail cherry (optional)

Step by Step Guide

  1. First put a few ice cubes and then an orange slice, a cucumber slice and a grapefruit slice into a long drink glass.
  2. Pour in the Pimm’s No. 1 and fill the glass up to the brim with ginger ale.
  3. Now just stir everything gently with a bar spoon and then serve!
Pimms cup
Recipe by Chris


At first glance, the Pimm’s Cup looks very extensive in its ingredients. And that is true. But the preparation is all the easier for it. First take a long drink glass and fill it with a few ice cubes. Now put a slice of orange, a slice of cucumber and a slice of grapefruit into the glass and pour in Pimm’s No. 1. In the last step, pour the ginger ale into the glass. Pour as much ginger ale into the glass until it is completely filled. Now you can stir the cocktail lightly with a bar spoon and then add a cocktail cherry and a sprig of mint if you like. Then you can serve the Pimm’s Cup cocktail or enjoy it yourself!

This is what the Pimm's Cup cocktail tastes like


32 Reviews

The Pimm’s Cup Cocktail is a very spicy drink that is underlined with sweet and fruity flavours. The taste of the ginger ale is rather spicy and tart. This makes it harmonise very well with the rather sweet and fruity taste of Pimm’s No. 1. The added pieces of fruit provide additional fresh and fruity flavours. You can modify the recipe as you like and end up making the drink to your liking!

More "fire" with Ginger Beer

You have prepared the Pimm’s Cup recipe shown above, but you are missing that certain something in the taste? No problem: simply replace the ginger ale with ginger beer. Ginger beer has a much more intense and spicy flavour. This gives the drink a different flavour and makes it taste much more tart.

If you don’t like either ginger beer or ginger ale, you can also prepare the aperitif with lemonade. But beware: lemonade is very sweet. The “original” spicy taste is not retained. You are creating a completely new cocktail. However, if you prefer sweet rather than tart drinks, you should definitely give the lemonade variant a chance.

A perennial favourite since the 1840s

James Pimm is said to have invented Pimm’s Aperitif as early as the 1840s. James was a shellfish dealer and oyster bar owner. In his bar, he created the drink that is known to us today as Pimm’s Cup. The cocktail, which was still called “House Cup” at the time, made for unforgettable parties where no one could get enough of the fabulous drink.

The “secret ingredient” was an aperitif made with a gin base. No other restaurant or cocktail bar could match this drink. James developed several other recipes in his lifetime, mainly changing the base spirit. Besides brandy, rum, rye and scotch, even vodka was used in the preparation of this drink. However, the drink with the house’s own secret ingredient remains the best known and most popular.

Over the years, the recipe has become increasingly popular and has also established itself in various other bars and restaurants. Almost 100 years later, the drink was first printed as a cocktail in Lucius Beebe’s “The Stork Club Bar Book” and made accessible to the masses. The cocktail gained worldwide fame when it was served as a signature cocktail at Wimbledon in 1971. That was in 1971, and to this day you can order and enjoy a Pimm’s Cup when you visit the Wimbledon tennis tournament. You will be surprised how good the drink can taste in such an atmosphere.

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