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Watermelon Pimm’s Cup

Watermelon Pimm’s Cup 1.000

Scott Suchman for the Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Spirits Aug 20, 2021

Watermelon adds a delicate note to the classic herbal overtones of an English Pimm’s cup, a refreshing backyard sipper. Hendrick’s gin is great here (the cucumber flavors work well with Pimm’s), but any good London dry gin will work. The garnishes are flexible, but add both visual and aromatic appeal — try cucumber and lemon wheels, and sprigs of mint or basil.

Total time: 10 mins

Make Ahead: If making watermelon ice (see NOTE), you will need to freeze them for a at least 6 hours before using.

Storage Notes: Fresh watermelon juice can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Shake before using.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 2 to 3 cucumber wheels
  • Watermelon ice (optional, see NOTES)
  • 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice (see NOTES)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
  • 1 ounce dry gin, such as Hendrick’s or London Dry Gin
  • 2 to 3 ounces ginger ale
  • 1 cucumber slice and/or lemon wheel, for garnish
  • 1 large sprig fresh mint or basil, for garnish


Fill a highball glass three-quarters of the way with ice cubes, interspersing with cucumber wheels and watermelon ice, if using.

In a mixing glass, stir together the watermelon juice, Pimm’s and gin, then pour into the highball glass. Top with the ginger ale and your garnishes of choice, and serve.

NOTE: Cut a slice of watermelon into 1-inch cubes, transfer to a tray and freeze overnight. When ready to make the drink, intersperse the watermelon ice cubes with regular ice and cucumber wheels. In addition to keeping the drink cool, the watermelon cubes will add flavor.

To make watermelon juice, blend or crush the fruit's flesh and then strain out the solids.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 6mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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