Pimms Cups

June 30, 2012


Heavens, its almost July already and not a single post for 2012. This says something about my state of mind, unfortunately. Cooking has been happening and photos have been taken but sadly nothing has been posted. However it is a sweltering hot day and getting hotter and I am thinking of tall, cool, refreshing summer drinks.

Dear Ms Stewart has an excellent recipe for for Pimms Cups in her Martha Steward Hors D’oeuvres Handbook. (So funny, I remember coming across the word “hors d’oeuvres” when I was a young teenager and was baffled by how it could possibly be pronounced. I very much liked the concept of “hors d’oeuvres” so I gamely set about using the word in conversation, pronouncing it more or less “whores devours” or even “whores divorce” if you layer on a slight Nigerian accent. Years later I finally learned some French and the proper pronunciation but I still find my old pronunciation more fun.)

Pimms Cups

2-3 small Persian cucumbers, skin on, cut into 1/4″ by 2-1/2″ long sticks (or one regular cucumber but I like the Persian ones better)

1 orange cut into 1/4″ rounds

About a dozen strawberries, stems removed and sliced in halves or quarters.

1 bottle (750 ml) of Pimm’s #1

1 bottle (750ml) of ginger ale (you can also use apple cider but I find it too sweet)


Place all the fruit into a 2-quart pitcher. Add the remaining ingredients and stir once to combine. Ladle into glasses, sharing the fruit in the glasses. Add ice and serve.


You can find Pimms liquors at most decent sized liquor stores although I had no luck with our stores in Crown Heights. The whole beverage is like eating a fruit salad– it can be dangerous because you forget that there is liquor involved.