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Pimm’s Cup

Channel the warm weather with this bright, colorful gin-infused cocktail.

Last month’s Supper Club theme was New Orleans/Mardi Gras. We hosted, so in addition to our main courses, we needed to find a delicious libation to bring to the mix.

Enter Pimm’s Cup.

Pimm's Cup

I’ve been wanting to try a Pimm’s Cup cocktail for years now, but never had occasion to do so. I was really intrigued by this recipe over on Serious Eats for infusing your own Pimm’s No. 1, but time got away from me, so I picked up a bottle from the liquor store.

The rich color of Pimm’s No. 1 comes from infusing gin with herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and delicate spices.

Pimm's Cup

Gin and fruit go so beautifully together, so it’s no wonder that this cocktail is delicious. I love a good cucumber gin, so the addition of fresh cucumber to this cocktail is really a thing of beauty.

Plus, who doesn’t love a cocktail that comes with lots of delicious, edible, booze-soaked garnishes?

Pimm's Cup

This cocktail was incredibly refreshing and made us all long for a day of fun in the sun. Plus, it just looked soooo pretty.

And I love any cocktail that’s easy to make in a big ol’ pitcher for easier entertaining. I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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Two glasses with Pimm's cup cocktails garnished with cucumber, orange, lemon, and mint.

Pimm’s Cup

  • Author: Sunset Magazine
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Channel the warm weather with this bright, colorful gin-infused cocktail.


  • 2 oranges, cut into half-moons
  • 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
  • 1 Persian cucumber (or one 3-in.-long piece English cucumber), washed and sliced
  • 2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
  • 4 cups Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs mint, crushed gently, plus a few loose leaves


  1. Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice. To each, add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, and a layer of cucumber slices. Repeat the layering.
  2. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite, dividing between pitchers, and mix with a long-handled spoon. Poke mint sprigs and leaves down into drink. Divide drink among 8 tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.


Recipe from Sunset August 2007


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 203
  • Sugar: 15.1 g
  • Sodium: 13.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: gin, orange cocktail, citrus cocktail

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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