Pimm’s Cup cocktail

Raise a Pimm's Cup!

There is a lot to celebrate right now! This summer, people around the world will be watching as athletes compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. If you can't be in London for the fun, you can drink like you are — raise a Pimm's Cup cocktail to toast the Olympics!

One of the most well-known summer drinks in England is just about any cocktail made with Pimm's No. 1 — an English spirit made with gin, fruit extract and spices. You'll find many recipes for a Pimm's Cup, but it's often made with ginger ale (or you can replace the ginger ale with lemonade), cucumbers, citrus fruit, and Pimm's No. 1. This drink is worth crossing the pond for, but you won't have to with this recipe. You can find Pimm's No. 1 in liquor stores and some specialty groceries.

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Use a tall glass (a 12-ounce glass works well) to serve up your summer Pimm's Cup cocktail. Make and serve a batch to drink as you watch the competitions unfold in London this summer — it's the next best thing to being there!

Pimm's Cup cocktail

Yields 1  


  • 6-8 ounces of ginger ale
  • 1-1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 slice orange
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add the fruit and cucumber slices to a tall, 12-ounce glass and press down on them just slightly with the back of a spoon to release a little of their juices.
  2. Add ice cubes to about two inches below the top of the glass.
  3. Add the Pimm's No. 1, then top with ginger ale.

Raise a glass and toast to the Olympics with a traditional English cocktail!

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Comments on "Toast the Olympics with this summery Pimm's Cup cocktail recipe"

Patricia July 24, 2012 | 6:12 PM

Glad you all like the post! This is one of my fave drinks, and so fun to toast the London Olympics!

Beth July 24, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Thank you for this authentic British cocktail recipe! I always wondered what the Brits drink while they enjoy their favorite sporting events. Since I can’t be in England for the 2012 Summer Olympics, this is a great way to bring England to me! Thank you again!

Caitlin July 24, 2012 | 10:07 AM

I'm so glad you posted this article! I loved drinking Pimm's when I was in London and I wanted to find the recipe to toast the Olympics!

Emily July 24, 2012 | 8:12 AM

Sounds yummy! It would also be fun to incorporate traditional English foods into your diet as we all watch the games across the pond. I would love to see some traditional food recipes too!

Jessa July 24, 2012 | 8:10 AM

Love the idea of sipping on a traditional English cocktail as I watch the summer games. What a great idea, can't wait to try it!

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