Thirsty for a Pimm’s Cup

A combination of last week’s Mardi Gras celebration and a couple of warmer days reminded me of the Pimm’s Cup – a light, slightly sour, and refreshing staple of New Orleans. It’s an old school drink that’s equally enjoyable on a hot and humid day or late night in an upscale bar. The central ingredient is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liquor with flavors of citrus and spice. You may have noticed a bottle of Pimm’s sitting idly next to the bitters in your local bar and wondered to yourself, what the hell is that for? Now you know.

The recipes can vary, but it’s a simple and straightforward drink. And the key, in my opinion, is a slice of cucumber.

Pimm’s Cup via Chow.com
2 ounces Pimms No. 1
Lemon-lime soda
Lemon slice
Cucumber Slice


Pour the Pimm’s into a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze a slice of lemon well and drop it in the glass. Top off the glass with lemon-lime soda. Stir and garnish with a cucumber slice.

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