Pimm’s Cup

$0.91 each

It’s no secret that most people blow their budget on drinks, whether it be at a bar on the weekend or a glass of wine or two with dinner. Well, I’m just too poor for all of that so when I need to have a sip, I usually do it at home.

Some of my friends are coming to visit me in New Orleans this weekend and I plan to welcome them into my home with a classic New Orleans cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup! The friends aren’t coming ’till Friday but, you know, I thought I’d try the drink out ahead of time. Plus, it’s crazy hot and humid (as usual) and this drink is a perfect afternoon refresher!

Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin based liquor that is fairly sweet and has a nice herbal flavor. I was really delighted with the flavor when I tried it on it’s own… kinda like gin candy. The cocktail consists of Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale and slices of cucumber and lemon. Some use 7-up or lemonade instead of the ginger ale but I think that would be a tragedy. The bite of ginger ale plus the carbonation perfectly balances Pimm’s sweet herbal flavor.

If you’re not a boozer, try a Pimm’s “Non” Cup instead. Put slices of cucumber and lemon in a tall glass of ginger ale and enjoy! Cucumber may be my new favorite drink ingredient!

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup

pimm's cup
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Total Cost: $0.91
Serves: 1
  • 1½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 $0.63
  • ¾ cup ginger ale $0.12
  • 3-4 thin slices of cucumber $0.09
  • 2-3 thin slices of lemon $0.13
  1. Wash the cucumber and lemon to remove any waxes on the skin. Thinly slice each into rounds.
  2. Fill a glass about ¾ full with ice. Pour the Pimm’s No. 1 over the ice and top off with ginger ale. Place 3 to 4 slices of cucumber down into the drink along with 2 to 3 slices of lemon.
  3. Sip the drink slowly (preferably on a porch while watching the world go by) to allow time for the cucumber and lemon to infuse into the drink. Enjoy life.


If you can’t find Pimm’s No. 1, try this drink with plain Gin or Vodka… or even lemon flavored vodka!

Pimm's CupNOTE: One bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 cost me $14.99 and is enough to make 16 cocktails, assuming you use 1.5 oz. per drink (I know, I know, they usually get stronger as you go…). The great thing about liquor is that it stays good for a long time so even if you just make a few, the rest won’t be going to waste.

The excess cucumber and lemon will probably only be good for about four days. You’ll probably get about four drinks out of each lemon and about eight drinks per cucumber. If you don’t plan on making eight drinks, just slice that cucumber up, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and enjoy a healthy snack :)

Speaking of… my favorite part of the drink was eating the cucumber slices out of the glass after I was done. yummy!

Pimm's Cup


  1. Anonymous says:

    I knew Pimm was a British drink, but we were drinking gin and tonic with lemon and a cucumber slice. I was told it was the Queen’s drink. Now I need to buy the real thing. Thank you very much.. It is getting warmer now in British Columbia, canada, … good timing.

  2. Toni says:

    I bet these would be good in Indiana, too. ;)

  3. Jeffrey Babin says:

    These were sooooo good! Thanks Beth- I don’t usually like “cocktails” but these were excellent. ( Probably didn’t hurt we were in NOLA)-

  4. Anonymous says:

    Best when playing cricket!

  5. I had something very similar to this at a restaurant the other day, but instead of cucumber and lemon, it used cucumber liqueur. It was delicious!

  6. I’m SO glad you posted about PIMMs! It is the best summer drink! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. Ah, perhaps I should have specified… it didn’t originate in New Orleans (as you pointed out) but it’s been a popular cocktail here since the 1920’s :)

  8. I hate to nitpick but Pimm’s is actually British.

    “In the early 1840s, James Pimm, landlord of an oyster bar in London’s financial district began selling a health tonic called Pimm’s No 1 Cup, the ‘cup’ being a contemporary reference to the tankard in which a drink was served.

    In 1859, backed by some of his well-heeled clientele, Mr Pimm began marketing Pimm’s No 1 commercially, and during the late 19th Century it took off among the bon viveurs of English fashionable society, and was soon being distributed to wherever the sun didn’t set3, reportedly making it as far as the officer’s mess in Khartoum, Sudan, the city where General Gordon was famously killed in 1885.” (Source: BBC)

    Certainly in Britain we drink it with lemonade, so maybe the ginger ale is the New Orleans bit?

  9. I have always wondered what was in a Pimms’s Cup. And now I know! Thanks! It looks really good and refreshing. The only vegetable I’ve seen in an alcohol drink is celery in a Bloody Mary. I love cucumbers so I think I need to give this one a try.

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