Food

How to make Wimbledon's favourite cocktail: The Pimm's Cup

It’s the quintessential British summer cocktail, easy to stir up and sip.

It’s the quintessential British summer cocktail, easy to stir up and sip

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The catering staff at Wimbledon serve, on average, around 300,000 Pimm’s cups at The Championships each summer. Pimm’s No.1 is a gin-based herbal liqueur, dark amber in colour with a refreshing spicy-citrusy taste, invented by James Pimm in the early 19th century. To help you plan your solo or group watch parties for the big tournament, we asked Dinah Kisil of Calgary’s Proof Cocktail Bar how to make the perfect Pimm’s cup, the official cocktail of Wimbledon and unofficial drink of English society’s summer season. Kisil has flipped her shaker around the world, including finishing as a finalist for Canada’s West in Diageo’s World Class cocktail competition. Kisil told us that the Pimm’s Cup, like many other traditional cocktails is making a comeback due to its “versatility and crushability”. 

“It’s also a great Low ABV option that requires basically no prep or cocktail-making tools,” she says. You get to spend less time shaking and muddling, and more sitting back and enjoying the tennis. 

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Original Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pimm’s No 1
  • 1-3 cucumber slices
  • 1-3 orange slices
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 3 oz gingerale, or Sprite

Preparation

Add all ingredients aside from soda to a glass, top with ice and stir to combine. Top with the soda of your choosing.

Yield: Makes 1 serving.

Digestif Pimm’s Cup

For Kisil, the traditional Pimm’s Cup is more of an apéritif, best enjoyed before a meal or in the middle of the afternoon. But part of what makes Pimm’s great is its versatility. That’s why Kisil also provided this “untraditional rendition of a Pimm’s Cup, best enjoyed after a meal, or as a dessert. It is meant to aid in digestion and celebrate good health.” 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pimm’s No 1
  • 1 oz sweetened cold brew coffee 
  • 1-3 orange slices
  • 1-2 oz soda water or sparkling wine
  • 1 mint sprig

Preparation

Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine and soda into a glass, top with ice and stir to combine. Add the soda water and/or sparkling wine, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Yield: Makes 1 serving.


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Clifton Mark writes about philosophy, psychology, politics, and other life-related topics. Find him @Clifton_Mark on Twitter.

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