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Relax with a Pimm’s Cup This Summer

Pimm's Cup recipe

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I’ll admit something to you: I like my drinks a little girly. I want my cocktails to taste good and not too much like liquor, though on occasion, a scotch or bourbon on the rocks hits the spot. I’m not shy about adding fruit and sugar and I love herbs of all kinds all up in my drinks, too. Pimm’s Cup is definitely at the top of my favorite summer cocktails. It’s refreshing, effervescent and straight delicious.

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There are a few different iterations of a Pimm’s Cup. Some are made with lemonade, while others use ginger beer. I like a bit of both in my Pimm’s Cup. In order to avoid having to make a whole batch of lemonade, I like to add a bit of sugar to the bottom of a glass and muddle it with a few slices of cucumber. And then I pour in a few splashes of fresh lemon juice. It’s topped with Pimm’s No. 1, ginger beer and a bit of sparkling water. The slices of strawberries and cucumber mean that this cocktail has built in snacks (a plus!).

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If you like, you can skip the ginger beer and sugar and use store-bought lemonade.

Or if you dislike lemonade, you can skip the lemon juice and sugar and use all ginger beer. Your call! This cocktail is begging to be enjoyed on a lazy summer day, while sitting on a porch reading a book.

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Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup recipe

This Pimm's Cup recipe is a refreshing Summer cocktail. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Persian cucumber, sliced
  • 4 teaspoons pure cane sugar, divided
  • Juice from 3 lemons (about 1/3 cup), divided
  • 4 ounces Pimm’s No. 1, divided
  • 6 ounces ginger beer, divided
  • 2 ounces sparkling water. 
  • 1/4 cup (3 to 4) sliced strawberries 
  • 2 sprigs mint, for garnish 

Directions

  1. Add a few slices of cucumber and 2 teaspoon of sugar to each glass. Using a muddler (or you could use the opposite side of a wooden spoon), smash the cucumbers and sugar gently. Drop in a few ice cubes to each glass, along with the lemon juice. 
  2. Pour in 2 ounces of Pimm’s No. 1 to each glass. Top with about 3 ounces of ginger beer and a splash of sparkling water. Give it a taste and adjust according to taste. You may like a splash more Pimm’s. Garnish with more cucumber slices, strawberries and sprigs of mint.

Yield: 2 cocktails


Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.