The last two photos are of my first Pimm’s Cup in London! We were fresh off the plane and a quick 45-minute nap, when we found the Udderbelly by the London Eye. We asked the bartender what drink we needed to try for our first drink in England. He gave us a Pimm’s Cup!
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of a Pimm’s Cup, but don’t worry–I’m here to enlighten you! The Pimm’s Cup is one of my absolute favorite cocktails of all time. If you’re from Oklahoma, I bet you’ve heard of a club special. Well, I consider the Pimm’s Cup the British club special. It’s refreshing and not overly strong, so you can enjoy it responsibly.
Pimm’s is a popular liquor in England, especially when it’s a sunny day outside. You can read more about the origins of Pimm’s here. Fortunately for me, you don’t have to go to England to enjoy a traditional Pimm’s Cup! When I got home from London a few years ago, I went straight to the liquor store looking for a bottle of my own.
You can occasionally get Pimm’s at restaurants in OKC. I’ve had it at Fassler Hall and in Norman at Blackbird Gastropub. However, these Pimm’s Cups–the American version–are not as good as the British version. In America, we put Pimm’s in a small glass with a little Sprite. In England, as you can see in the photos above, they serve them in pints. At several places you could order a pitcher of Pimm’s filled with all the good fruits. That’s my favorite way to enjoy it.
How to Make A Pitcher of Pimm’s Cup — The British Way!
Pimm’s No. 1, Sprite or Ginger Ale, lemonade, strawberries, cucumber, oranges and mint leaves
- Mix together 1 part Pimm’s with 2.5ish parts of Sprite or Ginger Ale and 2 parts lemonade. (I often just guesstimate based on color. The drink should be a nice caramel color.)
- Cut up a handful of strawberries, half a cucumber, a whole orange (leave the skins) and pick off mint leaves from the plant stem.
- Mix in fruits, cucumber and mint leaves.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
There you have it! It’s super easy and is great to whip up if you’re having friends over this summer. Here’s a tip for you: Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before you serve it. That way the flavors of the fruits, cucumber and mint will marinate and give it a much sweeter taste.
As always, please drink responsibly and enjoy your authentic British Pimm’s Cup!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.