The English summer and a glass or two of Pimm’s with Lemonade are synonymous. The low-proof drink is associated with several midyear events throughout Britain. This low-proof alcoholic drink is sold at festivals, concerts, and sporting events like Wimbledon. It’s also a refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed for weddings, family celebrations, and social gatherings.

What is Pimm’s No. 1?

Pimm’s No. James Pimm, who owned a London oyster bar in the mid-19th century, created and sold Pimm’s No. Pimm’s was initially sold as a digestif, a gin-based drink with herbs and liqueurs in a cup or sling. The British drink No. 1 has become a staple in the country.

This gin-based liqueur can be used to make a variety of cocktails, the majority of which are refreshing carbonated drinks. The drinks are flavored with fruits like apples, strawberries, cucumbers, or lemons and garnished with herbs or flowers.

The name “Pimm’s No. The term “Pimm’s No. Each version was made with a different liquor (Pimm’s No. The second version featured brandy in place of gin. The majority, however, has been discontinued—Pimm’s No. Pimm’s No. 1 is the most popular type of Pimms in the United States.

Pimm’s Cups: Many ways to make them

The type of sparkling beverage, fruit, and herbs used will vary according to the season and the location where the drink was made. The sparkling Lemonade is often substituted with ginger ale or soda, while champagne or sparkling wine can be used instead.

Pimm’s No. 1 is the only alcohol that can be added to traditional English Pimms. Recipes with vodka or other spirits are American versions.

Scale your Pimm’s cup up or down

This cocktail is sweet, citrusy, and perfect for a hot summer day. This recipe yields four servings. You can adjust it to make a single glass of Pimms and Lemonade or increase the amount of serving a large group. Pour a single serving of Pimm’s and Lemonade; use one Pimms to three parts lemonade. For a large crowd, double the recipe.

How to make the perfect Pimm’s Cup

Use high-quality, fizzy Lemonade. Too acidic lemonades can ruin the taste.

Replace the Pimm’s spirit with another brand of fruit-flavored spirits. They will bring their flavors but not the classic Pimms.

To avoid overwhelming the Pimms’ flavor, keep the ratios at one part and three parts lemonade.

If you’re looking for classic Pimms, stick to cucumber, mint, orange, and orange. Strawberries make a lovely addition. Apple slices will quickly become mushy. Some Pimm’s enthusiasts recommend only using the cucumber peel, which adds flavor and stays firmer than slices.

If you have a borage in your garden, use it. It is an excellent alternative to mint and can be just as refreshing.

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“The Pimm’s and Lemonade tastes very similar to Pimm’s Cup. The only difference is that instead of ginger ale, there’s carbonated Lemonade. The cocktail has a fruity, peppery flavor and is not too sweet. Making more than one cocktail is worth the little bit of preparation..” — Sean Johnson.

The Note from Our Recipe Tester.


Fill the jug with Ice

6 3/4 ounces (200 milliliters) Pimm’s No 1

20 ounces (600 milliliters) carbonated Lemonade, chilled

One sprig of fresh mint

One small cucumber, sliced (peel left on)

One medium orange, sliced

1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and halved

How to Make it

In a pitcher, combine the Pimms and the Lemonade.

Add the strawberries, cucumber, orange, and mint to the pitcher after lightly crushing it to release its scent. Add two slices of cucumber for every orange or strawberry. You can add more or less to your taste.

Serve in tall glasses filled with ice and stir with a long-handled spoon.

Pimm’s Cup Variations

For a spicy drink, substitute ginger ale for sparkling Lemonade.

To make a Pimm’s Cup that is less sweet and highlights the flavor in the Pimm No. Use soda water in place of sparkling Lemonade.

Replace the Lemonade with champagne or sparkling wine to make a Pimm’s Royal Cup.

Can I drink Pimm’s by itself?

Some people prefer it straight up, even if they mix it with Lemonade and ginger ale. Some people swear by this drink’s citrus and spice taste, even though it is not very common. It tastes great with a few cubes of ice.

How strong is the classic Pimm’s drink?

Pimm’s Lemonade is a refreshing and fruity beverage with an ABV of 5 percent. This is the same as many beers. Pimm’s Lemonade’s strength depends on its recipe. Some people prefer more Lemonade and fewer Pimms, while others prefer the opposite. As an alcoholic drink, it is essential to consume cautiously, no matter how light the beverage may be. Pimm’s has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 25 percent.