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Pimm's The Perfect Summer Cocktail

No drink signals summer like a classic Pimm's Cup, fizzing with citrus and sweet and bitter herbs. Lemon lovers, drink this! Pimm's No. 1's bitter herbal flavors balance the fizzy lemonade's sweet-tart flavors, and that fresh, verdant basil takes it over the edge into summertime bliss.

Pimm's Cup?

The classic Pimm's Cup recipe calls for Pimm's No. 1, fizzy lemonade, lemon juice, ice, and an absurd garnish of whole strawberries and a garden's worth of basil leaves. This tart-sweet Wimbledon unofficial drink is best enjoyed in the summer sun.

Pimm's No.1?

Fair question! Mini-history lessons

are probably the best answer. So...

Pimm’s No. 1 History:

London's mid-1800s Pimm's No. 1 liqueur is gin-based. Fishmonger James Pimm invented it. Mr. Pimm created the bitter orange-and-herb libation as a unique drink to serve at his oyster bar to attract customers. The drink became popular and was sold commercially by 1859—the rest is history! What's in Pimm's? Of course, Pimm's won't reveal their liqueur's recipe, but we know it's gin-based and infused with lots of herbs and citrus peel. We also know it's delicious and essential to Pimm's Cups!

Ingredients :

  • 2 (330 ml) cans Sanpellegrino® Limonata

  • 1 cup Pimm’s No. 1

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 8 strawberries, quartered

  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn

  • 1 lemon sliced, for garnish


  • In a large pitcher, mix together the Limonata, Pimm’s, and lemon juice. Stir in the cucumber, strawberries, and basil. Let stand for 10 minutes until the flavors have mingled.

  • Fill 4 highball glasses with ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice dividing the cucumbers, strawberries, and basil evenly. Garnish each glass with lemon.


  • Calories 273

  • Protein 2g

  • Carbohydrates 48g

  • Total Fat 1g

  • Dietary Fiber 5g

  • Cholesterol 0mg

  • sodium 3mg

  • Total Sugars 26g

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