Pimm’s Cup: There’s Still Time

Pimm's Cup

Oh, Pimm’s Cup. Classic, refreshing, perfectly summery cocktail that speaks of evenings outdoors, tennis matches, Heathrow. September may be threatening the lighthearted kind of drinking that is perfectly expressed in July, but the weather’s still warm enough to justify a drink like this. The variations are limitless. The first I tasted fell on the more savory end of the spectrum, and since then it’s what I’ve preferred where a Pimm’s Cup is concerned. Pimm’s Cups have been well-documented this summer: Orangette has a marvelous and perfectly-timed iteration on the classic, and pictures and pancakes features an appealingly minimal take on the refreshing drink.

In this version I’ve omitted gin and added sparkling water to cut the sweetness. If you’d prefer a little more kick than the kind of light summer’s eve quaffing this version provides, boost its capacity for inebriation by adding that gin, and adjust to taste. Pimm's Cup

PIMM’S CUP

For each drink:

2 oz Pimm’s No. 1
1.5 oz Italian Lemon Soda
1.5 oz Ginger Beer
1 oz sparkling water
Sliced cucumbers
Sliced lemon
Mint sprigs

In each cup, muddle one slice cucumber with a small sprig of mint. Add the Pimm’s, lemon soda, ginger beer and sparkling water, and stir. Add some ice. Garnish with another slice of cucumber, another sprig of mint, and lemon.

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by Kimberley

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Elizabeth - September 12, 2010 - 3:25 pm

It was one of my summer goals to have one of these. Thanks for keeping the dream alive.

Allison Jones - September 13, 2010 - 8:49 pm

I love these. My absolute, all-time favorite drink is a "Paprika Cup" at a place here in Portland. It's vodka, whiskey, Pimm's, passion fruit puree, muddled ginger, topped with ginger ale and a paprika sugared rim. If you're ever in town, you must try it! :)

Kimberley Hasselbrink - September 14, 2010 - 11:25 am

Elizabeth: Fingers crossed for an Indian Summer eve.

Allison: That sounds unbelievably good! I was thinking about how Pimm's might be creatively employed beyond summertime drinking. Will definitely hunt it down next time I'm up there! (I love Portland.)

Karen - September 14, 2010 - 2:40 pm

This sounds great…I'm not a huge fan of gin, so this is a good option!

Kimberley Hasselbrink - September 14, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Hi Karen – there are also 5 other varieties of Pimm's, each using a different alcohol (vodka, etc.) Perhaps you can try one of those too!

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