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Pimm’s Fruit Cup

When it comes to summer drinks, I’m not one to go head over heels for girly Bellinis or Cosmopolitans. Give me something simple with a kick is how I like my cocktails … coconut creamy pina coladas being the exception.

I go through drink phases – one summer it was Mojitos, the next Whiskey Gingers, this year was fixing up to be the summer of Sangrias until a co-worker introduced me to a Pimm’s Cup. Pimm’s No. 1 is a British liqueur featuring gin with delicious spices. “Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a “No. 1 Cup”, hence its subsequent name.” (Wikipedia).

Normally mixed with “British Lemonade” aka 7-up I decided to make my own lemonade, but instead of still water, the club soda creates the “fizz.” This drink is a lovely mixture between all three of my favourite drinks – fruitiness of a Sangria, a spicy kick like a Whiskey Ginger, but with a refreshing twist from the mint and lime like a mojito.

It’s Friday, spice up your weekend with a Pimm’s Fruit Cup.

Pimm's Fruit Cup
Enjoy a hot summer day with this fruity British drink!
Ingredients
  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part water
  • 1 part syrup
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 parts club soda
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 4 cucumber slices, halved
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1 shot of Pimm's No. 1 (roughly three capfuls)
  • lemonade to fill the glass
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 parts of sugar and 1 part of water. Bring to a boil, stir until sugar has dissolved and remove from heat. Let cool.
  2. Mix your simple syrup, lemon juice, and club soda together in a seperate large glass or pitcher.
  3. Fill the glass with ice, your fruit, cucumber, and mint leaves. Pour in lemonade and top with Pimm's No. 1. Mix with a stir stick and serve.
Notes
To make the lemonade use 1 part syrup, 1 part lemon juice (freshly pressed organic lemons are best), and two parts club soda. I used roughly ¼ cup of juice and syrup with ½ cup of soda. The amount of fruit/cucumber can vary based on how small and large your class is. The amount of syrup I made was good for three drinks and keeps well in a sealed container kept in the fridge.

9 thoughts on “Pimm’s Fruit Cup”

  1. This is a beautiful post. I try to keep refined sugar out of my drinks… is the Pimm’s itself sweet enough to carry the drink alone? Maybe I’ll just squeeze some extra fruit juice into it.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      I find the Pimm’s not sweet. I’m not sure if there is sugar in it, I assume it’s just gin with spices. I find club soda bitter without the simple syrup in there. I would suggest trying to replace the syrup with honey, but are you still on the whole 30? Could try removing the syrup all together and muddling some fruit first to see if that helps release their juices. Keep me updated, would love to hear what you do :)

  2. Your photos are incredible!
    As a Brit I can’t imagine a summer without Pimms. It’s pretty much a staple at barbecues and picnics. Next time I have some I think I’ll be borrowing your idea of making it up with homemade lemonade.

    1. Hi Catherine,

      I’m surprised that I haven’t heard about this drink from my relatives and it seems like our local Irish pub is featuring the drink this summer (haven’t seen it before).

      I find the homemade lemonade just adds a nice tang to the drink. Of course if we need a quick pick me up and need it now without having to squeeze all the lemons, 7-up/British Lemonade will do the trick ;)

      Hope you enjoy!

  3. This food blog is awesome! I actually love it, and I’m not just trying to flatter you! Brilliant photography

    I’ve just started a bit of a food/fashion blog. I’ve actually used the photo of your pimms drink and matched it with a photo of a fashionable outfit. I’d love for you to have a look at tell me what you think! It’s called Gourmet Sartorialist:
    http://netcommads.wordpress.com/

    Anyway, keep up the good work. I’ll be watching!

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