A Refreshing Summer Sipper from Across the Pond

We declared our independence from the British, though we still feel connected in so many ways. Americans love British television, books, movies and theater. We are endlessly fascinated by all things royal. So to commemorate our independence and pay homage to our roots, try a Pimm’s Cup, a light cocktail for those warm summer nights.

Pimm’s Cup Recipe

Pimm’s is most popular in England, particularly southern England. It’s a staple at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, the Chelsea Flower Show and the Henley Royal Regatta. A Pimm’s is also the standard cocktail at British and American polo matches. It is also extremely popular at the summer garden parties at British universities. James Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, became the owner of an oyster bar in London. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a No. 1 Cup. 



2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1

3 ounces ginger ale

1 cucumber slice, for garnish

1 sprig fresh mint


Fill a glass with ice. Add Pimm’s No. 1 and top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber slice and mint.