Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oy! The Pimm's Cup

A libation dubbed "quintessentially British," the Pimm's Cup is a palate pleaser and cleanser, with its crisp freshness and cool finish. While browsing what The Wellesbourne in Los Angeles calls the "Liquor Cabinet," I was a bit hesitant to order this cocktail at first, because I'm not the cucumber/ginger type. I like it when my drinks taste like flower fields and sunshine. Pimms' herbaceous, full-bodied flavor did the trick, however. This was one of the most successful drinks I've had in a while! It helped that I had a cucumber wedge as a party favor. I love eating my garnishes!


Pimm's Cup [adapted from Bon Appetit recipe]
serves 1


  • > 1 3-inch piece English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch slices, plus 1 spear (for garnish)
  • > 3/4 cup Pimm's No. 1
  • > 3 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice
  • > 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • > Ice cubes
  • > 2 sprigs mint 
  • > 2 lemon slices
  • > Ginger beer, chilled 

  • Instructions

  • > Place 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices in cocktail shaker. Using muddler or handle of wooden spoon, mash well. 
  • > Add Pimm's, lemon juice, and sugar. Fill 2 glasses with ice; set aside. 
  • > Add ice to Pimm's mixture, cover, and shake vigorously 20 times. Strain into glasses. 
  • > Push 1 mint sprig and 1 lemon slice down into each glass. Fill glasses with ginger beer. 
  • > Garnish with cucumber spears.

    1. Yet another cocktail I have been meaning to try but I always seem to forget about it when I'm at a bar.

      It sounds great for the summer. Even now, for that matter, with this darn heat!

      But what about the other drink in the pic? Is that the Planter's Punch?

    2. It is! I heard that one was good, too. I really really like the Wellesbourne. Had the kir royale the first time and it was just ok for me.

    3. They have some pretty good drinks (food too) across the street by the Landmark Theater as well. Westside Tavern. Good stuff.

    4. So interesting to read this. I was recently out for drinks with a friend and she had one of these drinks. I'd never seen or really heard of such a drink before and was also wondering about the cucumber. Now I'm so curious to try one.



    Merci beaucoup!

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