pimm’s cup

pimm's cup

School has started up again! It feels good to be back – I am in the same buildings this year (minus one), and it already feels 100% easier than it did at this time last year. Everyone says that your first year will be TERRIBLE! and your second year is SO MUCH EASIER! And while I think that my first year teaching went pretty well, I can see what they mean. I already know half of my students, I already know who to talk to to get things done, and I know more of the staff at each school, which makes lunchtime a little less awkward.

Anyway, even though school is back in session it is still HOT here in Seattle. We pretty much feel like this all the time:

dog days of summer

So when I went out and did my weekly grocery shopping today, I decided to stop off at the liquor store and get a bottle of Pimm’s #1.

pimm's cup

Pimm’s #1 is a gin-based spicy liqueur. It can be enjoyed a number of different ways, but the most popular is the Pimm’s Cup, a delightfully Anglican drink that makes you feel super fancy. It’s also very refreshing. Pimm’s is fairly low in alcohol, so if you want a boozier drink you can top it off with a little bit of gin.

We’ve been enjoying lots of peaches and nectarines at the Hershmossi household this summer, and I’ve gotten pretty particular about my cutting strategy. I prefer to cut stone fruit by slicing off big hunks on either side of the pit, then making smaller cuts on the other two sides, sort of like how you’d cut a mango.

cutting stone fruit

Note that I also like to use a sharp serrated knife for cutting stone fruit (and tomatoes!) since it glides through the thin skin and soft flesh.

Anyway, you can cut your fruit however you want. You can even muddle it in with the ice. Or for a more American take on the Pimm’s cup, omit most of the fruit altogether and top it with only the cucumber. Personally, I like having a real fruit salad in my glass. There’s something delightful about sipping a lightly fizzy, lightly boozy gin drink and then getting to eat some ginned up fruit when all the drink is gone. It’s almost as good as second drink!

Which do you like better? Mr. Cucumber nose…

pimm's cup

…or Mr. Cucumber mouth?

pimm's cup

Pimm’s Cup

makes 1 drink


  • lots of ice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Pimm’s #1
  • 1/2 ounce gin (optional)
  • a few thin slices of cucumber
  • a few thin sliced of orange (rind still on)
  • a few thin slices of any (or all) of the following: green apple, strawberry, plum, peach, nectarine
  • about 6-10 ounces Sprite, 7up, or ginger ale
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
  • sprig of mint (optional, but nice)


Fill a large glass about 1/3 full with ice and add the Pimm’s and gin. Stir to combine. Layer in the cucumber and fruit, saving a slice of cucumber and a slice of orange to perch on the top of the glass if you like. Top with the soda and lemon or lime and very gently stir to combine. Garnish with the mint and serve, preferably with a small spoon or fork for picking out the fruit.


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