Easy Pimm’s Cup Pitcher Recipe

Mix up a Pimm’s Cup pitcher drink for easy summer entertaining. It’s often touted as England’s second most popular drink right behind tea, and it has become an iconic cocktail served at Wimbledon.

pitcher of Pimm's cup with full glasses surrounding it, all filled with strawberries, cucumber and orange slices.

You can see how I incorporated it into my Wimbledon brunch here.

The Pimm’s cup pitcher drink is built on the gin-based liqueur, Pimm’s No. 1. The British mix it with “lemonade” which, from my research, is NOT the same as American lemonade. It’s more of a sparkling lemon-lime beverage similar to our Sprite or 7UP.

I also found recipes for this drink using everything from ginger beer to lemonade, so with that in mind I created my own recipe for the classic Pimm’s cup and I think you’ll enjoy it!

Keeping in mind this is a cocktail for sharing and entertaining, making enough for a pitcher was essential. Another thing to note is that presentation is everything when it comes to the Pimm’s cup. You must add sliced cucumber and fruit to make it authentic, much like a sangria.

two glasses of drinks filled with fruit and a bottle of Pimm's number 1 in background.

The flavor of a Pimm’s cup is very unique as the liqueur has herbal, spicy notes – the actual ingredients are unknown except to the makers. I prefer using ginger ale to other mixers like Sprite or 7Up because it’s less sweet and lets the flavor of the liqueur come through. The addition of fresh squeezed lemon juice gives you that great citrus brightness that brings this cocktail alive.

You can easily make a single cocktail using 1 part Pimm’s No. 1 to 3 parts ginger ale, and a squeeze of a lemon wedge.

If you’re serving this for a Wimbledon brunch {or any tennis theme} use a vintage wooden tennis racket as a “tray” and place the glasses on top. You can also wrap the glasses in sweat bands to act as koozies! See more pitcher cocktail recipes with my white peach sangria or my sunshine punch.

Easy Pimm’s Cup Pitcher Ingredients

  • Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
  • Ginger Ale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • sliced cucumber, lemons and oranges, strawberries, fresh mint

Add ice and sliced fruit to a pitcher.

Pour in Pimm’s No. 1, Ginger Ale, and lemon juice. Stir slightly and pour.

Make sure each glass gets some of the sliced fruit/cucumber.

Three glasses of Pimm's cocktails filled with fruit and a plate of sliced oranges, cucumber, lemons and strawberries, on pink table cloth.

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pitcher of Pimm's cup with full glasses surrounding it, all filled with strawberries, cucumber and orange slices.

Pimm's Cup Pitcher Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

An easy Pimm's cup pitcher cocktail for parties and a Wimbledon brunch. Just 3 ingredients plus a bunch of fresh fruit make this a light and refreshing drink for entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, chilled
  • 3 cups ginger ale, chilled (or substitute Sprite for a sweeter drink)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Garnishes - sliced cucumber, lemons, oranges, strawberries and fresh mint

Instructions

    1. Add ice and sliced fruit to a pitcher.
    2. Pour in Pimm’s No. 1, Ginger Ale, and lemon juice. Stir slightly and pour.
    3. Make sure each glass gets some of the sliced fruit!

Notes

Double the recipe for a crowd and keep the second batch in the fridge until ready to serve.

Make a single cocktail by using 1 ounce Pimm’s No. 1 plus 3 ounces ginger ale, and a squeeze of a lemon wedge.

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Make this easy Pimm's Cup pitcher cocktail for care-free summer entertaining.
Make this easy Pimm's Cup pitcher cocktail for care-free summer entertaining.
Make this easy Pimm's Cup pitcher cocktail for a stylish Wimbledon themed brunch party.

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve made Pimms Cup for my book club once, but the presentation wasn’t nearly as fabulous as yours! I think it’s time to make some more 🙂

  2. You have gi get ale in the ingredients but Sprite in the directions. Which 1?

    1. Oh gosh, Jo Anne, thanks for catching that! Apparently my brain wires were crossing at the time! Fixed now.

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