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Garden Pimm’s Cup

Garden Pimm’s Cup 2.000

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Spirits Jul 8, 2020

The Pimm’s Cup is a classic cocktail of English summer, drawing its name from Pimm’s liqueur, one of those mysterious herbal concoctions whose makers guard its ingredients zealously. Everyone makes a Pimm’s cup a little differently; this variation pulls in the flavor of strawberries and cucumber. Hendricks gin will bring the latter out more strongly, but any London dry will work. If you can get your hands on some Mr. Q or Dry cucumber soda, great; if not, using lemon Pellegrino or ginger ale is fine.

If you want to add the cucumber ribbon garnish along the inside of the glasses, which will not impact the drink’s flavor but will look cool, position it before adding the ice; the ice will help keep it in place.


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Tested size: 2 servings

  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 3 large ripe strawberries, stemmed
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Hendricks
  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
  • 2 to 3 ounces chilled cucumber soda (may substitute lemon soda or ginger ale)
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint


Cut a 2-inch chunk off the cucumber, peel and set aside. Using a y-shaped vegetable peeler, cut thin strips from the remaining cucumber, making sure there is a thin line of green peel on both sides of each strip. Set aside for garnish.

Fill two highball glasses with ice and set them aside. In a cocktail shaker, add the strawberries and the 2-inch cucumber chunk, then top with the gin and liqueur. Muddle the strawberries and cucumber vigorously to squeeze out the juices. Double-strain the mixture equally into the two glasses, pressing lightly on any solids to squeeze out the liquids. Top each glass with the cucumber soda, stir gently and garnish each with a mint sprig and a cucumber ribbon, if using.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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